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DUFFY, Clarence W. "Rainbow"

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DUFFY, Clarence W. "Rainbow" (Dubuque, IA, Sept. 3, 1921--Dubuque, IA, Dec. 16, 1990). Duffy, one of the founders of the South End Club, was an editor of the LITTLE DUBLIN NEWS. This association proved controversial in February, 1983 when he was appointed a member of the Dubuque Human Rights Commission. Racial and ethnic jokes published in the News led to a coalition of twenty-five groups being formed to force Duffy from commission membership. (1)

A coalition of groups requested Duffy attend a civil rights seminar. (2) He voluntarily took a leave of absence from the commission on May 2, 1983. In June he wrote a letter to the council asking to be reinstated and stated that he had stepped down to attend a seminar led by C. T. Vivian, former association of Martin Luther King. (2) He later found out that he would not be able to attend and resumed his editorship of the Little Dublin News.

On June 20, 1983 Duffy's letter was pulled from the council agenda. City Clerk Mary Davis explained the council took no action on Duffy's leave of absence because it was voluntary. Coalition representatives said they would again urge Duffy to attend a seminar. (3)



1. Chaichian, Mohammad A. White Racism on the Western Frontier: Dynamics of Race and Class in Dubuque, Iowa (180-2000), Trenton, NJ.: Africa World Press, Inc., 2006, p. 114

2. Kraske, Steve, "Council Supports Reinstating Duffy," Telegraph Herald, June 15, 1983, p. 1

3. Kraske, Steve. "Duffy on Commission; Council OK Not Needed," Telegraph Herald, June 20, 1983, p. 2