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Robert Kennedy Quits Metropolitan Club over Segregation Policy

Sept. 20, 1961 - Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy has resigned from the Metropolitan Club because of its segregation policy. Assistant Attorney General Burke Marshall, chief of the Justice Department's civil rights division, has also quit the club. Mr. Kennedy, in a letter to the club's board of governors, wrote: "I had hoped that no one would be denied the facilities of the club because of his race. It has now come to my attention that because several members brought a Negro to the club as a guest, a severe reprimand has been issued, and no change is contemplated in the club's existing policy. I cannot, in good conscience, remain a member. I take this step with great reluctance for I shall miss both the club and the companionship I found there."


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