The Press: Rumpus over Rowan

"You should ship Carl Rowan to Russia," a small-town attorney angrily urged the Minneapolis Tribune (circ. 212,873). The Tribune's prizewinning Reporter Rowan (TIME, March 4) was raising tempers all over Minnesota last week. When somebody invited him to make a speech in one rural community, the town fathers promptly refused use of the school auditorium. Jeered a rural editor: "If Rowan visited a town where a funeral and a wedding were taking place simultaneously, he'd go straight to the funeral."

The rumpus over the Tribune's 32-year-old Negro star arose from an explosive, eleven-part series reporting that funeral bells are in fact tolling...

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