The Reverend John Simmons (1917-2013), Reverend Brooks Walker, and community leader and actress Marsha Hunt (b. 1917) discuss the dangers presented by the rise of reactionary political groups in the United States at a meeting held at the Temple Sinai in Westwood, Los Angeles, CA on February 8, 1962. While the program was being recorded, the two reverends' homes were bombed. The last ten minutes of the program is an interview with the panelists conducted the following day by James Wilcox at KPFK. The station was put under police guard because of bomb threats. The panelists discuss how the original title of the program used a question mark ("A threat to democracy?"), but that they now feel it should end with an exclamation point. Program narrated and produced by KPFA Program Director Elsa Knight Thompson.
This recording has been digitally preserved as part of Pacifica's American Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982 grant preservation project, and is available for research and reference . Please contact the archives via telephone: 818-506-1077 or email: americanwomen at pacificaradioarchives dot org for information on how to obtain a copy of this program. Thank you.