70 years ago today - Jan 23, 1952

[Stephen L. Richards]

11:15-Alvin Pack and Frank Creer, representing the local Red Cross, represent that the National Red Cross will tolerate no discrimination in blood bank blood donors as between white and black races.

The Red Cross is to furnish $100,000.00 worth of equipment for the collection of blood in this area, with the purpose of furnishing free blood to civilian and military personnel. The blood to civilians is to be furnished through local hospitals under an arrangement whereby local hospitals may use their own blood banks, to be replenished from the Red Cross blood bank.

All the hospitals in the area, with the exception of L.D.S. hospitals, are agreeable to such an arrangement. If the L.D.S. hospitals do not agree to the arrangement, they can secure no free blood from the Red Cross, and local Red Cross officials feel that it is unfair to civilians who contribute the free blood on the assumption that they can get free blood as they may desire it, not to be advised in advance of their blood contributions that they cannot get such service through L.D.S. hospitals. In this State, it is thought that such advice given to prospective donors would greatly reduce blood contributions.

[The Diaries of J. Reuben Clark, 1933-1961, Abridged, Digital Edition Salt Lake City, Utah 2015, Appendix 2, The Diaries of Marion G. Romney, 1941-1961, Abridged]

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