Harlem, New York City, New York County, New York, United States, North and Central America
April 2, 1949
This 16mm silent, black and white film features parts of the Harlem Trade Union Council (HTUC) convention held on April 2, 1949, at the YWCA in Harlem. The footage includes shots of various unidentified speakers on stage as well as the audience. The second to last speaker appears to be Ferdinand Smith, chairman of the HTUC. The National Negro Labor Council consisted of delegates from ten black labor councils throughout the nation, the New York City unit being the Harlem Trade Union Council, which in July 1951 changed its name to the Greater New York Negro Labor Council (Daily Worker, June 3, 1950, May 18, June 4, 1951). In all its manifestations, the FBI labeled it "A Communist Party front organization" (FBI Main 100-12304-255).
16mm, black-and-white, silent film (a) shows part of a Harlem Trade Union Council (HTUC) convention held on April 2, 1949. The footage includes shots of the speakers on stage as well as the audience. The second to last speaker appears to be Ferdinand Smith, chairman of the HTUC. There are a variety of camera angles that capture the stage from the audience floor, close-ups of audience members, and different shots of the speakers on stage.
The film opens with a shot of the stage, where a woman is addressing to the audience. A large sign reading "Welcome delegates to HTUC convention \ Build a fighing mass organziation of negor workers" hangs above the speaker. The camera angle/view then shifts from the front of the stage to a position just behind the left side of the speaker, so you can see the audience seated in about 12 horizontal rows extending from the stage to the back of the room. The audience consists of men and women in business attire. The camera alternates with close-up shots of the audience and the speakers. Some of the audience members stand to address the speakers, and then the camera returns to a shot of the stage with a man reading from papers in his hand. A woman seated at a table on the stage listens. Another speaker comes to the microphone as the audience stands and claps. The camera reuturns to a view of the stage, and the woman previously seated at the table in the earlier scene introduces the next speaker. After the speaker finishes, the film continues with a view from the back of the room showing the audience watching a film on a screen. The audience claps, and the the woman on stage returns to the microphone. The final two scenes show two speakers, one of which appears to be Ferdinand C. Smith.