1960 April 4

Anti-HUAC Demonstrations Planned


The Citizens Committee to Preserve American Freedoms (CCPAF) developed plans on this day to protest upcoming HUAC hearings in San Francisco, scheduled for May 12, 1960. The stormy May demonstrations against HUACon that day and the following days were the largest-ever public protest against the committee.

The CCPAF was led by Frank Wilkinson, longtime anti-HUAC crusader, who refused to answer questions before HUAC on July 30, 1958, was convicted of contempt of Congress, and sentenced to prison on May 1, 1961. The FBI file on him consisted of 132,000 pages, and it is believed to be the largest file on any single individual. Wilkinson died on January 2, 2006.

See the films that resulted from the famous protests: Pro-HUAC: Operation Abolition (1960): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MeiW63M3bcI

The ACLU Reply: Operation Correction (1960):

Learn more about Frank Wilkinson: Robert Sherill, First Amendment Felon: The Story of Frank Wilkinson (2005)

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