Oct 10, 1957: Eisenhower apologizes to Ghanaian Minister kicked out of a Howard Johnson’s restaurant

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Time Magazine quoted Komla Agbeli Gbedemah, the Ghanaian Finance Minister as saying:

“If the Vice President of the U.S. can have a meal in my house when he is in Ghana,” (he had entertained Vice President Nixon during his tour of Africa the previous spring), “then I cannot understand why I must receive this treatment at a roadside restaurant in America.”

Eisenhower was quick to diffuse tensions over the incident in order to get ahead of Soviet criticism over the ugly overt racism of 1950s America.

White House summits over racism are not a new thing, after all.