New Orleans Athletic Club Votes 109-33 to Admit Blacks
Published: November 4, 1986
Athletic Club voted last week to admit blacks for the first time in its 110-year history. New Orleans
Don Williams, the club president, said the vote was 109 to 33 to remove the ''whites only'' wording from the club's constitution.
The vote was Oct. 28.
''Already I've received three new applications for membership, one or two of which I know are from blacks,'' Mr. Williams said Wednesday.
Reciprocal privileges with athletic clubs across the country will be re-established, he said. They were canceled in 1976, after the
club refused to admit Thomas Perkins, a black member of the Harvard Club who was here on a visit. New Orleans
Mr. Perkins sued the club, and
Federal DistrictJudge Alvin B. Rubin awarded him $1,000 in damages. The club then canceled its agreements with other clubs for fear of more lawsuits, Mr. Williams said.