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Box 7, Folder 17, Document 3

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  • Text: November 22, 1967 Mr. Edgar T. Van Buren 230 Hammond Drive Norcross, Georgia 30071 Dear Mr . Van Buren: This will acknowledge receipt of your letter on behalf of the Community Relations Commission. I certainly appreciate receiving your support of our efforts in this area. Sincerely yours, Ivan Allen, Jr. Mayor IAJr/br �
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Box 7, Folder 17, Document 5

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  • Text: TRA I LER PARKS Th r ough a n inquiry by t h e Ma yor, t h e Co mmissi on was as k ed to i nv estigate t h e sit u atio n re g a r di n g t h e difficul t y of Neg ro e s attem p t in g t o r e n t spa c e i n At l a n ta t rai l e r par ks. Two Ne g r o f ami l ies , Mr . a n d Mrs . Frame a n d Mr. a n d Mrs . Wh ea t , h a v e att e mp t ed t o re n t pl a c es t o pa rk t h e ir trai l e rs a n d h a v e b ee n un a bl e t o f in d a ny t r ai l e r p a rk in At l a n ta that will r e n t t o t h e m. v e tera n , i s prese n t ly e mp l o y ed wit h a lo ca l now on a c ti v e d u ty wit h the U. 5 . Army . Mr. Fra me , an Army pap e r c o mpa ny, a n d Mr. Wh eat i s Bo t h fami l i e s b e l i e v e t h at they are b ei ng d e n ied a cc e ss to t h e t r a il e r parks b eca u se t h ey a r e Neg r o . s eve r al Th e y related in sta nc es i n wh i ch t h e y h ad call ed p ar k s , b ee n tol d t h at t h ere wa s a v a c an c y , and u pon arri v i n g at th e par k b ee n to l d that t h e v aca nc y had ju st b ee n filled. Se v era l parks had a llo wed t h e f ami l i e s to fi ll o u t app l i c atio n forms but , fr o m a ll indic a ti on s , t h ese app l i c a tio n s were n e ve r gi v e n any seri ous con sideration. The sta f f o f th e Comm un ity Relati on s Commiss i o n h as b ee n ab l e to gai n the following informat io n in r e gards to t his iss u e : l . Th e District Attorn ey ' s offic e h as informed u s that trailer parks are no t cov ered und e r t h e Civil Ri ghts Act o f 19 64 . At prese n t, c erta in agen ci es h a ve wr itten to Was hing to n in an a tt e mpt to fin d out if trai l er parks within a 3½ mile radius of Ft . McP h e rson are included in Secretary McNamara ' s rec e nt Fede r a l Ord er conc er ni n g military housing . 2. A numb er of orga n izations in Atlanta have work e d with th e Frames and the Wheats in attempti ng to g et t h orn located in a trailer pa r k. Th ese include t h e Red Cross , Th e NAACP , a nd c er t ai n military p e rsonn e l at Ft . McP h erson. Th e Reverend Amos Holm es of t h e NAA CP stated that h e had perso n a lly contacted 24 differe nt trailer p a rks for Mr . and Mrs. Wh eat , but was un abl e to find on e that wo uld accept a Negro family. Only 2 of th e 24 were will i ng to l e t the Wh eats fill out an application. None of the trailer parks contacted, including those in predominately Negro neighborhoods, had a ny Negro es in reside nc e. 3. Most of the trailer park owners c l aim that they are filled to capacity and thus unabl e to provide accomodations for any n ew applicants, either Negro or whit e . A surve~ of some of the trailer parks on Stewart �Pag e 2 trai l ers Av e nu e showed that t h ere we r e s om e v a c a nt s p a c es in th ese parks. On e own e r stat ed that t h e v aca nt spaces in his park 11 .,rn r e r ese rv e d for peopl e who bo ught trailers from him 11 • 4. A sma ll gro u p of trail e r p ark own e rs have ex pressed thir willingn ess to mee t wi th th e Mayo r , Bo ard of Alderme n, or th e Zoning Commiss ion to discuss the probl e m of zoning in regards t o t he b u i l ding of new trailer parks. Th ey cl aim t h at presen t zo ning r e s t rictions ha v e made it a l mo st impossibl e to co nstru ct any new trai l er parks in Atl_anta. Th e y a l so sai d that if zoning r e g ul atio ns could be chang ed , they would b e will i ng to b u ild a n ew trailer park which wo ul d uphol d a policy of op e n occupancy. In concl usion , we ca n simpl y say that presently , th e r e is no Negro l i vin g in a ny trail er park i n Atl a n ta . Mr . a nd Mrs . Frame h ave spent two y ears looking for r e nt a l space i n a ny Atlant a tra il e r park a nd h a v e b ee n u ns uc c essful in a ll of th e ir attempts . Both t h e Frames a nd the Whea ts feel that the t r ai l e r parks are discriminating aga inst them on racia l gro unds a n d both are l ooking for a ny sort of solution in the n ear fut u re that will remedy t h eir ho u si ng probl e m. �
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Box 7, Folder 17, Document 6

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  • Text: November 6, 1967 Mrs. Thomas H. Gibson 1646 Mt. Paran Road, N. W. Atlanta, Georgia 30327 Dear Mrs. Gibson: This will acknowledge receipt ·of your letter on / behalf of the Com.munity Relations Commission. I am most grateful for your support and your generous comments. Sincerely yours, Ivan A llen, Jr. M ayor IAJr/br �
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Box 7, Folder 17, Document 7

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  • Text: OMMUNITY RELATIONS COMMISSION ESTABLISHED BY THE MAYOR AND THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN, NOVEMBER, 1966 1!!09 CITY HALL, ATLANTA GEORGIA 90309 TELEPHONE 5U-446:J EXT. H:J MR. IRVING K . KALER, Chairman THE HONORABLE SAM MASSELL, JR., Ex-Officio President, Board of Aldermen Nov em ber 1 , 19 6 7 COMMISSION MEMBERS Mn. T. M. ALEXANDER, SR. MR. R. BYRON ATTRIDGE MRS. SARA BAKER MISS HELEN BULLARD Mn. R. J. BUTLER MR. ROBERT D OBBS MR. HAMILTON DOUGLAS, JR. MR. C. G. E ZZARD MOST REVEREND PAUL J. HALLINAN Archbishop of Atlanta MR. JOSEPH HAAS MR. AL KUETTNER DR. ROBERT E. L EE MR . ROLLAND MAXWELL Mn . F . W:PATTERSON The Honorable I van All e n , J r . Mayor o f t he Ci ty o f At l a nta City Hall At l a nt a , Ge orgia RA BB I J ACOB M. ROTHSCHILD Mn. M. 0 . "Buzz" RYAN MR. JA CK SELLS Dear Ma yor All e n : MRS. MARY STEPH ENS THE REVERE N D SA MUEL WILLIAMS MRS. ELIZA K . PASCHALL, Executive Director At the Octob e r 27th meeting of t he Comm unity Relations Commission , the following resolution was pass ed : Th at th e Community Relations Co mmiss ion commends th e Mayor and the Board of Alderme n for t he Ordinanc e prohibiting discrimination in emplo yme nt on th e part of city contractors , and that th e Commission u rges that additional provis i ons be mad e for affi r mative action to impl e me nt t he Ordinanc e , in addition to th e pre s e nt e nforceme nt provisions. Sinc e rely , ) Ii' 7, r Rm,t"'_i ~ · ( Mrs.) Eliza K. Paschall Ex ecutiv e Director EK P:c e �
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Box 7, Folder 17, Document 8

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  • Text: COMMUNITY RELATIONS COMMISSION 1203 City Hall Atlanta, Georgia Special Meeting of the Community Relations Commission, September 14, 1967, City Hall. ' Members Present: Mr. Irving K. Kaler,,, Chairman Rev. Samuel. Wi2liams, 1st Vice-Chairman Miss Helen Bullard, 2nd Vice-Chairman Mrs. Fred W. Patterson, 5 £:! c,retary Mrs. Eliza K. Paschall:, Executive Dire·c·tor·. Archbishop Paul J. Hallinan Mr. Robert Dobbs Mr. Jack Sel-ls Rabbi Jacob M. Rothchild Mr. Hamiltort~D6ugi~s, Jr. t ·'.:: Dr. Robert E. Lee · Mr. R. Byron Attridge "Mr. T. M. Alexander, . Sr. Mrs. · Sara Baker Mr. M. O. Ryan.. I Mr. James Pilcher, 'Associate Clty Attorney Ann Moses, Ex.ecutive Secretary to the Mayor Alderman John M~ Flanigen Alderman G. Everett Millican were present. Mrs. . ·:~· ....,. t Mr. Kaler opened the meeting with a statement that the Commission had called the meeting acting under the Ordinance. which authorizes the Commission to "act as conciliator"; that the Commission· had "intervened prior to the c1;isis" .~nd a~ this time was calling upon responsible persons and those "whose testimony is pertinent". He announced that members of the Board of Education had been requested to attend, and recogn i zed Mr. Tom McWhirter, Assistant School Board Attorney, Mr. McWhirter said that the 9chool Bdard was in ' session at the time ; ~ta special mee t ing called previous ly for a special personnel matter, that they regretted the breakdown in communicati on. Rev. Will iams asked about 1962 and 196 5 bond i ssues and promises to .Vine Ci ty. Archi bi s ho p H~llina ~ sai d t ha t the · t al~ abou t "do~ble ses s ion sounds "like doubl e t a lk". · Sena tor. S.. .: lls an nounced t hat he was r eques ti ng t he legis,l. a tive couns el to dra w a bill. c·alling_ for the el ection of the Atlan t a ·s _c hool s upe ri ntend.ant. The following pers on s spoke: ·r Rev. Elroy Embry: "Y es terday we went to Dr. Letson's offi ce , a sked f or a meet ing wi th the Boa r d, we r e t ol d onl y two me thods for c alling a , mee t i ng - by Pr eside nt Cook or ma jority of t he Boa r d. We asked him to c ontact memb.~ t s of the Boa rd, he s aid, he didn't know if he could con tact them. •:, ·. Boa r d , Dr. Letson need to know t hey a r e working for us . Mr. Robe rt E. Baldwin : "Took ~ight da ys t o ge t a ppoint me nt with Boa rd, kn e w t e n yea rs ago s chool s ov e rcrowded. When chiid gets off a t 12, tha t' s a half day. If I work till 12, get paid for½ day . Unl ess Bo a rd acts , thi s i s going to hurt whit e children too. Un educat ed peopl e l ead to poverty . It has helped to have thits meeting, Turner High has bf'len two week s \i&,ithout books . �Tl It Page 2 Minutes of Special Meeting, September 14, 1967i ' , ' ... Rev. Amos Holmes: "We elicit your support for our requests; during 1959-60 asked Board to face problems, urged against token assignments; this has been taking place since 1960; patience has a right to be exhausted; we want to be reasonable, but the Board demonstrates that rising radicalism might be justified. If Atlanta faces riot, could happen on this issue. ,Never. seen anything that has unified people so. Simplest thing Board c.en do is to meet". Miss Helen Bullard: Rev. Amos Holmes: "Is that the p~iority, failure of Board -to meet"? ".Not just mee;t but that is IJlOs.t · c,ru~ial ~ • . Archbishop Paul J . Hallina~: "In ~omplete agreement, this is- no time for ~elay. If we can assure .you of a meeting .tonight, is the~~ enough confidence .to withhold action"? n Rev. Amos Holmes: waited". "If we had been given assurance the other night, would have Archbishop Paul J. Hallinan: "Have asked for a meeting, a sked citizen~ to withhold taking action until Commission has exhausted all means". Rev. Amos Holmes: "Not here to put Commission between us and the Board; to see if Commission will act .!::!i!h us. Board .. should be willing to commit themselves to a certain case. Rev. Samuel Williams: Rev. Amos Holmes: "What do you really expect"? "Eve~y request could be met in 24 hours". Archbishop Pa ul J . Hallinan : Rev. Amos Holmes: "Commission has much a t stake". "A fter Dixie Hills, you reported fai_r1y". Ra bbi Jacob M. Rothschild: "What would you accept as a compromise"? Rev. Amos Holmes: "In a conference with leaders, we would respond". Mr. Robert Dobbs : "Want to speak about priorties, for mother of eight ~hildren, who goes to Buckhead and leaves he re c hildren at home to get themselves to school. Dr. Tate asked to correct this. Board knows the problem of bonding, should be leading fight to get this changed, have Board members who never visit schools". Mr. T. M. Alexander, Sr.: "Consequential damage can disrupt the whole town. When children are involved, parents are not patient; this can disrupt the community, consequenc es must rest on their shoulders~. Rev. Joe Boone: "Here representing my daughter, 79 in class, 2 teachers; have worked with Breadbasket, got Regency and others to open jobs, can 't find qualified people, people have to "limp your way in"; got to tell Letso~, Allen people not satisfied; tired of policies; no white pupils at Agnes Jones, whites at Harris Homes go to another school; Whites at Harris _Homes go to Brownp _Negroes to Washington. You all wouldn't have had this meeting without what happened at the Board meeting". �Page 3 Minutes of Special Meeting, September 14, 1967 Rev. Samuel Williams: "Commission did meet with Letson~. Mr. T. M. Alexander, Sr.: "Commission was meeting Monday night, very time of your meeting with Board, voted to meet with Board~; Mrs. Dorothy Bolden: "Have three girls at Washington High, have to leave home in the dark, not going to put my girls out in street at that hour". Rev. Howard Creecy, asked Rev. Williams to read the demands: copy attach~d Rev. Creecy: "We have been psychologically barred; want to balance the schools; we did not force our way into Letson's office". Mr. Robert Bay~es and Rev. Ward also spoke, emphasizing the point that if "we must have burdens, we (Negroes & Whites) should bear them equally". Mr. Kaler asked Mr. Attridge to r;Jti to the meeting of the School Board and ask if any member of the Board or the staff would come to the meeting, and to request a meeting with -the Board within 48 hours. Mr. Attridge returned to say that he had conveyed the request; answer was that "last evening the Board prowised the Summit-Leadership Conference an answer in two weeks; will go into Executive Session to consider points and will contact their leadership; their attorney will contact the chairman; need time to consider the points". Mr. Alexander said, "we asked not to meet to hear them restate their position, but to discuss matters with them". Archbishop Hallinan moved following resolution, which was passed: "The Community Relations Commission, appointed by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen of Atlanta and representative of the comm~nity of Atlanta is convinced that the Board of Education fails to grasp the urgency of this education situation, and again the Commission urgently requests that a meeting be held be tween the Commis-· sion, the Board of Education and the Superintendent, within 48 hours ( 5:30 p.m. Saturday, September 16) 11 • (Message was telegraphed to President of the Board Ed S. Cook immediately followin g the meeting, with copies sent to members of the Board and to Dr. Letson)". �
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Box 7, Folder 17, Document 10

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  • Text: f -'-c ~· ~ 4u_~ C-&~ October 23, 1967 Mr. LeRoy A . Woodward 834 Oakdale Road, N . E . Atlanta, Georgia 30307 Dear LeRoy: Thank you very much for your letter of October 19th which I have read very carefully. The next time you are at City Hall, drop by, as I would be ple sed to discuss it with you. Sincerely, Ivan Allen, Jr. IAJr: m �
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Box 7, Folder 17, Document 14

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  • Text: r COPY METROPOLITAN OPERA ASSOCIATION, INC. L ·INCOLN CENTER PLAZA NEW YORK, N . Y. 10023 5 October 1967 Mrs . Eliz K. Pa chall cutive Director -::..i Coumunity Relations Commie ion 1203 City Hall Atlanta, Georgia 30303 ~ Ex. Dear Mra . P schall, Mr. Bing has referred to me. your letter of th third . Mr. Bing ha be n in touch with Mr . King , Mr. Kennedy and Mayor Allen, and we re all working toward a solution of the ticket ituation. Mr. Bing a•ked me to thank you for your interest and to convey his bet wishes . Youra~ ruly, Francis Robinson FB/cf · / cc: Mayor Ivan All n, Jr. Mn. Martin Lutbar King, Jr. Mr. Alf rad Kennedy �
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Box 7, Folder 17, Document 37

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  • Text: COMMUNITY RELATI0NS COMMISSION v1rJNOTE: 1203 CITY HALL ATLANTA, GEORGIA "Tt,a City of AH cnt9 · Pcli": ;.;. D,:;p~rtment is inyestigating all of the incidents which took pl ::c·'" in th1;; Di,xitl Hills area June 17th thru June 20th." _. July 12, 1967 REPORT ON DIXIE HILLS EPISODE R OU I\ 0 A memo in the files of the Community Relations Commission, dated April 5, 1967 states "Mr. Charles Hart suggests that the Commission hold a hearing in the Northwest area immediately ~ including, Troy Street area, Dixie Hills, Almond Park, etc. He pointed out several problems in the area. On . April 19th a meeting was held at Allen A. M. E. Church, at which time 24 persons spoke, and some 15 more subffiitted written statements about needs. (On May 4th, a meeting was held a t Wilkes Chapel, in Perry Homes area} The complaints included sewers; street paving; street signs; police protection~ "In Dixie Hills Plaza"; recreation; double session schools; charges in public housing projects; rats; maintenance of apartments. The individual complaints we re referred to the appropriate departments and the Commiss ion was informe d that an e ncouraging number had bee n handle d. The ma jor ones, of inadequate resources for young people would require ma jor res our ces and programs through the City Aarks and Recreation Depart ment or thr ough t he Boa rd of Education. On May 9th , the Center Hill - Grove Park Ci vic Associati on CNAC f or the West Central EDA c enter s ubmi tted r eques t s to Committee fo r 8 s pec ific pr ograms in the gene ral area . On same groups submi t ted t o the Polic e Committee reques t s for of a Police At hletic League. a nd the the Pa r ks May 10th development The Dixie Hills ~hoppi ng Center is in area of about one block by one- half block. It is surrounded by apartment houses with little open spac e - -a parking area for about 20 cars. On the evening of Sa tu r day , J une 1 7th, a customer left the Flamingo Gril l a t a bout 9:15 P. M. and wa s s tandi ng on a c orner in the pl aza. [He was drinki ng beer .] Accor ding to him, Eddie Wil kin s , who~wes. t hw one arrest3rl.: " I was standi ng on t he corner , had a c an of beer a nd I'm ol d enough, I'm over 21 ; then t hree securit y policemen f rom the Flami ngo Grill, cam3 up a nd t ol d me to move on. He's got. a grudge against me; the sec urity guards said 'You c an 't s tan d here on the corner ' I sai d ' Why?' The~ he pushed me . ( The security gua rd } Then we starte d t o f ight. And tt-: c.-. the city police came . " Ed -:! ~e \rJilkins' sister, Georgia Wilkins, was arrested later. He :-.· \:e:;-, ,.~. 1 ":!Jetec tive J. ~J. Bailey pulled me over and tried to ha11dr_· ...'. 1· + · :... . He · .aDped me and I s tarte d to fight back. My Daddy told me t~ i - ~ pn ~i ~~ ~a ka me on in and he would get me out. They put a b~ i •. tu~1,< ·o; JJ'L br ass knuc kles, beat the boy ans t hen started bea-!;·l.: i~ .~ :: ·. ··: ;;: ~s t r-1,,.:;;:,; ~ a nd bac k. I asked why they were arr esting and hi t t .:.,1; ;,.:.. : :1 :::1 NAgro of fic e r told me t o s hut up ! He said he ha d a rrested ;na ·f or l:c:d langu~ ge . I s aid they should a rrest eve r ybody t hen. I kept quiet so they would ' nt - beat me. " Wr.:i 'f • �Page # 2 Report on Dixie Hills Episode During this period, a crowd gathered and some protested the arrests. Another man was also arrested. A police officer said Miss Wilkins was hitting at them with her pocketbook and cursing. She was arrested on charges of an assualt on an officer, using obscene and vulgar language. Her brother was arrested on a miscellaneous mischief charge. The third person, Joseph Kendrick of Proctor Street, was char ved with interfering with an officer. They claim to have been beaten by the police in the car. The crowd gathered. The police officer denied the charges against him, saying that they were fighting and protesting. There were no disturbances on Saturday night and no police cars in the area. The incidents in the Dixie Hills area were sparked off as a result of the fight with the security guards on Saturday. On Sunday afternoon Stokley Carmichael and his SNCC companions were in the neighborhood. After a swimmin g trip at Mozley Park, they were arrested for loitering. It was reported by Howard Watson, a resident of the Dixie Hills area, there were about 4 police ca r s patroling. He held a meeting at St. Joseph's Church on Verbena Street, N. W., with some residents of the ~om~unity to decide whether they should pick et the shopping plaza. The meeting was held at 3:00 P. ~1 . , shortly after Stokley Carmichael's arrest. There were no incidents Sunday night. Monday afternoon, a young man was shot by a police officer. The incident was diecrib ed by an eyewitness as follows: "Somebody threw a brick in the shopping center and hit the window to a store, the burglar ala rm went off. A boy (the one who was shot) picked up a stick and started beating on the alarm to try to make it stop, as they had seen policemen do. The police drove up, on e man got out of the car and came o ver to the boy and told him to stop. The boy didn't stop. When the boy continued beating, the policeman demanded again that he stop. When the boy continued beating, the policeman pushed him. The bo~ 's friend sug ges ted that he defend himself. Th e n the boy retaliated by pushing the policeman back. They started to stuffle. The boy pushed the policen,an against his car and backed a way from him. The policeman pulled out his pistol and shot the boy." Marion Ward, 31 Shirley Place, gave this account of what happened Tues. night. He said : "The Police Department got nasty with us last night after people got shot . We tried to get police officers to help us out, he told us to wait, we should have been in the house, to wait, they would get to us when they could----- Fellow was dead, little boy would have died --told me to pick fellow up and bring him to him --- fellow was already dead --- the fellow I went to was the person who did the shooting. Police were scared to death, had shotguns . Fellow who threw firebomb was no where near us. Lady said 'We better go in the house' when firebomb was thrown, tried to get in the same door. I would know police officer who shot --- got a good look at him in light of bomb". �Page # 3 Report on Dixie Hills Episode The observations of Reginald Carter after Dixie Hills Rioting. (Community Relations Staff) I arri ved into the are a a bo ut 9:15 A. M., Tuesday, June 20th at Verbena Street at the EDA West Cen tral Neighborhood Service Center. I saw the bulldozers and tractors u f the City of Atlant a grading ground to be used for a play lot. The street cleaners we re clearing the streets. The sewers wer ~ being cleaned out and ma ny of the city officials were in the a rea giving directions a nd making pla ns about what is to be done next about play lots. The area was without incident. Later on in the evening, 10:15 P. M. , when I arrived back into the area, policemen were fully armed. I had heard that four (4) people were shot, one fatally. The area was high in tension and several shots were fired periodically. I went to Grady Hospital in an effort to get a n official report of the incident and possibly to talk to some of the injured. I was only able to g e t a story of what happened from a news reporter. She reported: "A Mr. Timothy Ross ~-Jas fat a lly shot while sitting on a step at his home; Marion Ward was shot between the eyes, his injury was not serious; Catherine Duncan was shot in the hand while in her apartment. The shooting re s ulted from a kid who thre w. 8 fire bomb at a po liceman. The policeman got excited and sta rted shooting". Reginald Rivers, age nine (9) was shot in the side. I r e turned to the area of Dixie Hills an d heard that the Mayor had been th ere f u r a short while. I listened while Reverend Boone, Rush Con gregatio nal Church, Rev e rend J, C. Wa r d, Hunt er Hill Baptist Church, Ben Perry, WAOK, and Douglas J ac kson who was shot by the police on the evening before, was interviewed about the shooting of the afternoon. I left the area about 12:15 A. M. , there were no further incidents. Wed nesd a y mornin g: Ma yor Allen rend eied a 9 P . M. ~ A. M. curfew und er powers granted to him on Monday, a nd request e d t h e Community Relatio ns Commission's Execu tiv e Committee to hold a meeting to h ear fro~ residents of the area --- notes attached: Upon r e commendation of the local leaders and the Community Relations Commission the Mayor extend ed the curfew to midnig ht . Was hingt on a nd Anderson Par ks are progressing. Meetings of residents with a partment ma na gers a nd store managers in th e riot area ha v e resulted in ag reeme nts for better maint e nan ce ser v ic e in the apartments and better quality goods i n the s tores . The Re ve rends Boone and J. C. Uard were ve ry interested in th is. At its meeting on Friday, June 23 , 1967 the Commu nity Relations Commission adopted resolutions: 1. Ur g ing the Reta il Food Deale rs Association to adopt membership qualifications and to dicipline its members . 2. Requesting an immediate surve y of Recreation resources . ,_.:·. ·. : . . ·-~r �1-- Page f/4 Report on Dixie Hills Episede 3. Asking the Community Council to convene a city-wide meeting for long-term plans for recreation, and 4. A resolution addressed to the Mayor and Board of Aldermen, the text of which is attached. Minutes of the Hearing held by the Commission on Wednesday afternoon, are attached and copy of requests from Citizens Groups to Parks and Recreation Committee on May 9th and Police Committee on May 10th. Disposition of Cases. as of Julv 21, 1967: Miss Georqia Wilkins: In Municipal Court, fined $17 for resisting arrest; i lS for profane language; bound over to ·county Court on charge of assault and battery. Mr. Eddie Wilkins: In Municipal Court, charge of vulga r language, dismissed; bound over to County Court on charges of assualt and battery an d malisciou s mischief. Mr. Joseph Hendricks: In Municipal Court, for interferring with arrest, fined $25, or i lS and time,suspended; charge of profane language dismissed; bound over on charge of assa ult and battery . The cases have not been set f or trial in County cour t; probably in September . �
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Box 7, Folder 17, Document 40

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  • Text: ESTA BLISHED BY THE MAYOR AND THE BOA RD OF ALDERMEN, NOVEMBER, 1988 1203 CITY H A LL, A TLANTA GEORGIA 30303 MR. IRVING K . KALER, TELEPHONE 5U -U63 EXT. 433 Chairman T HE H ONORABLE S AM MASSELL, JR ., Ex-Officio July 17, 1967 (Dictated July 15, 1967) President, Board of A ldermen COMMISSION MEMBERS MR. T . M . ALEXANDER, S R. MR. R. BYRON ATTRIDGE MRS. SARA BAKER MISS HELEN B ULLARD M R. R . J. B UTLER MR. ROBERT D OBBS MR. HAM ILTON D OUGLAS, JR, MR. C. G. E ZZARD MOST R EVEREND P AUL J . H ALLINAN Archbishop of Atlanta MR. JOSEPH HAAS MR. AL KUETTNER D R. ROBERT E. L EE MR . ROLLAND MAXWELL MR. F. W.' PATTERS ON R ABBI JACOB M. ROTHSCHILD Mrs. Eliza K. Paschall Ex ecutive Director Community Relations Commission 1203 City Hall Atlanta, Georgia 30303 MR . M. 0 . "Buzz" RYAN MR. JACK SELLS MRS. MARY STEPHENS T HE REVEREN D SAMUEL WILLIAMS K. p ASCHALL, Executive Director MRS. ELIZA Dear Eliza: Please note the attached correspondence from the Mayor's Office. It is quite clear that he wants us to send the letter of appreciation. I concur that this should be done promptly and , therefore, would appreciate your sending a letter of appreciation over my signature as Chairman to Reverend C. E. Maddox. Yoc;:_:_~nc:rel:, / {_~ I r ving K. Kaler Chair man IKK:rjg Enclosur es �
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  • Text: OMMUNITY RELATIONS COMMISSION ESTABLISHED BY THE MAYOR AND THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN, NOVEMBER, 1966 1£03 CITY HALL, ATLANTA GEORGIA 90303 Jun 29. 1967 group inc (j x k Ill e on li J~~ n v l , J~. TELEPHONE 5U-4,f63 EXT. 433 b ur ly• ,. ) Elize I< . u iv ir ctor d to d v lop �
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  • Text: ESTABLISHED BY Tl-IE MAYOR AND Tl-IE BOARD OF ALDERMEN, NOVEMBER, 1988 1103 CITY 1-IALL, ATLANTA GEORGIA 30303 MR. IRVING K. KALER, TELEPHONE 5U-H63 EXT. -'33 Chairman THE HONORABLE SAM MA SS ELL, JR., Ez-0.iicio President, Board of Aldermen June 2B, 1967 COMIIIISSION JIIEIIIBERS ?t!R. T. M. ALEXANDER, SR. MR. R. BYRON ATTRIDGE MRS . SARA BAKER MISS HELE N BULLARD MR. R. J . BUTLER MR. ROBERT DOBBS MR. HAMILTON DOUGLAS, JR. MR. C. G. EZZARD MOST REVEREND PAUL J. HALLINAN Archbishop of Atlanta MR. JOSEPH HAAS MR. AL KUETr NER DR. ROBERT E. LEE MR. ROLLAND MAXWELL MR. F. W : PATTERSO N TO: THE MAYOR AND BOARD OF ALDERMEN FROM: THE CO MM UNITY RELATIONS COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF ATLANTA RABBI JACOB JI!. ROTH S CHILD MR. M. 0. "Buzz" RYAN MR. JACK SELLS MRS . MARY STEPHENS THE R EVEREND SAMUEL WILLIAMS MRs. ELIZA K. PASCHALL, Ezecutiv e Director The Commission, by unanimous vote, wishes to recommend to the Mayor and Board of Aldermen that contracts of the City include an equal employment opportunity clause, and that grants of money from the City include an equal employment opportunity clause, and further, that the proper administra t ive set-up for implementing it be provided. Adopted at the regular mon t hl y meeting of the Community Relations Commission, June 23, 1967, Committee Room #2, City Hall, Atlanta, Georgia . . ~- �
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  • Text: COMMUNITY RELATIONS COMMISSION 1203 CITY HALL ATLANTA, GEORGIA Minutes of Commission Meeting, October, 27, 1967 Members present: Butler, Hallinan, Sells, Alexander, Baker, Ma x well Patterson, Stephens, Attridge, Lee, Ezz ard, Ryan, Pilcher, Paschall and Kaler. Mr. Irving K. Kaler, Chairman presided. He presented Mr ~ Reginald Carter, Community Relations Assistant, and Mr. Jim Lindskoog, SIMS Intern, to the Commission and commended them on the job they are doing. Mr. Kaler then introduced a delegation of Teacher Corps trainees from the University of Georgia under the leadership of Dr. Harry B. Williams. Archbishop Hallinan introduced his visitor, Father Joe Connoly, a member of the agency for Baltimore, Maryland, similar to the CRC. Mr. Bob Hughes, Atlanta representative for the Community Relations Service of the U.S. Department of Justice, gave a brief e x planation of his job. Mr. John Evans, chairman of the Kirkwood Chapter of the Georgia Council on H~man Relations, commended the Commission on its efforts to date, said the Commission is needed a nd hopes a s years go by, it will become more forceful. Mr. Edward Moody , Mechanicsville Civic League: "Concur wholeheartedly in pa r t with what has been said. CRC will probably get criticism from Aldermanic Bo a rd, but if they're going to condone evil bu t give you po wer to figh t it - ma ke s no sense . Discri minatory prac t ices basi s o f all p r oblems. I f you're (CRC) going to be the org a ni z a t ion to b r in g p r oblems to, we a re going to e x pec t you t o do something abou t i t ." Mr . Ale xa nder said h e agreed, that when CRC started out, "Said not going t o be a popularity contest, must be t r ouhl e -shooting. At every meeting t here might be con t roversy , should have somebody from the staff or f rom the Commiss ion the r e t o s ee what h a ppen s ." He moved th a t a ny t i me t he r e is con t rov e rsy or cont r ov ersy expec te d , some member o f sta ff o r Co mmission b e t here to obs erve . Dis cus s i on o f th is: Mr. At t r i dge st r essed --- " No t pa r ticipate , obs erv e", Mrs. Pa t t e rs o n s ai d she was as ke d not to com e t o Vine City ; Mr. Bu t le r s aid he "wouldn 't wan t t o go ou t a n d ar bitra r i l y re p re s e n t" t h e Ra bbi Ro thsch ild r efe rre d t o the " Ad Ho c Comm i ttee t hat Co mmission. alre ady exi s ts". Mr . Kal e r asked th a t t he mo t io n be d efe rr e d u n t i l a later meeting when job d e s criptions f or t he s t aff would be co ns idered, in light of th e first y ear' s exp e rien c e. He s a i d staff participation should not be rigid, matter o f judg emen t ; no disparity between points of view ex~ :-e ssed . Mr. Alexa nd er agreed to table the moti on . Archbishop Hallinan expressed need for clarificatio n of role of staff and Commission and his concern for the Commission to act preventively in the interest of Justice. �Page 2 Minutes 10-27-67 \ Mr. Kaler introduced Mr. Tom Oxnard, editor of the Weekly Star, and praised his courageous fight against the "flight of citizenry". Mr. Oxnard said he had been asked ~o ~erve on a temporary sub-committee to try to get education abou~ neighborhood stabilization through the mass media~ would like to say ~hey have the support of the Commission and not "just Tpm Oxnard and Jim Costen .sti~king our · necks out". Mr. Kaler aiked that the question be delayed until next month. Mrs. Paschall explained that at the monthly informal meetings of persons working in the field of housing, _it had been agreed that a great need is for education of the total community about the problems of neighborhood stabilization and Mr. Oxnard had agreed to serve as chairman of a · temporary committee to suggest plans for that. Mrs. Xerona Clay~on gave a brief explanation of SWAP for the benefit of the Teachers Corps group. Mr. Maxwell reported on progress in the establishment of advisory committees with persons from the business community, "~,ve 30 who have agreed to serve, tr~ing to arrange a meeting with the Mayor; plan to form 3 committees - housing, education ; and employment. There would be at least 1 member of the Commiss ion on each committee". Mr. M·o ody reported that in the Model Neighborhood area, houses are being torn down and before the feder~l pr~grams get funded, the land ~ill be bare. "What can the Commission: do t6 help"? Mr. Ez z ard confi rme d these reports. The Reverend Clyde Williams, Chairman of the Grass Roots Council, made remarks as follows: "He came to the meeting out of real concern, to get the Commission to look at some of the problems: 1. Whole ma t t er of police-communi ty rel a tion s, not saying police br uta l i ty but rel a t i ons hip be tween pol i c e and th e citi zens. 2. Housi ng - pla c e s both fire traps and he alth haz ards, even though some property t ied up in injuncti ons, could t hey be app r oach e d f rom fire a nd heal th s tandpoints? .3. What are the contracto rs do i ng bu siness with t he city? Need to know t he companies so can determine if t here 'is discri mination." Sena tor Sells sai d , " The c ont r a c to r s do i ng business wi t h the c i ty are a matter of public rec ord . " , 'Mr •.. ~y an t said, "Thi s i s a f unction of the City Attorney, Commission not e nforci ng or i nvestigation body ." Rev. Williams said, "If it is a matter of concern to the Commission, then Commission should be concerned". Mr. Alexander said lots of things on the books not being implemented. This group (Grass Roots Council) is entitled to the list and if they hav e complaints which are not satisied by appealing to the City Attorney, then they should come to the Commission. �Page 3 Minutes 10-27-67 Rabbi Rothschild asked whose . concern it is to implement the ordinance. Mr. Pilcher said no means for implementation, it is anticipated that the aggrieved person will bring charges; only thing contractor required to do is to sign affidavit. Mr. Wyant said not the business of this body to check. Rabbi Rothschild said it is the business of the Commission to resolve problems before they become problems. Mr. Attridge said we don't want to assume discrimination. Rev. Williams said, We've had a history of discrimination". Rabbi Rothschild moved that a resolution be sent to the Aldermen commending them for passing the ordinance but urging provision for it's implementation. Passed Mr. Kaler urged Rev. Williams to come back to the Commission if he had trouble with the City Attorney. Rev. Williams commended the Commission as a good sounding board and said, We need the Commission, the Commission needs us". Mr. Kaler asked what he meant about police-community relations. Rev. Williams said, "Jhere is a breakdown in communication between citizens and police". , Mr. Attridge referred to the program of the Atlanta Bar Association. Rev. Williams said he was familiar with that and has attended their meetings. Mr.- Alexander asked that the Executive Director check on situation regarding civil defense employment. Mr. Kaler said that is being explored. Mr. Ezzard said he wanted to report an ~ncident in which a courteous police officer, at the Greyhound Bus Station, averted trouble. He called attention to the fact that about a year ago a meeting was called by the Chairman of the Grass Roots Council~ Mr. Benny T. Smith, and the idea of this Commission was formed. Grass Roots organization .should be given report of year's activity. Mr. Kaler said the November meeting will be an anniversary meeting and the Grass Roots Council will be recognized. Mr. Ezzard raised a question about the Wre n's Nest, but was asked to to withdraw it in the absence of Miss Helen Bullard, Chairman of that committee, until Miss Bullard's report. Mr. Kaler reported several requests for public meeting on the school issues. He said that in the absence of Rev. Samuel Williams, who had peen so active in those matters, would delay discussion, but that he wanted it "clearly understood that the policy position of the Chamber of Commerce is the position of the Chamber of Commerce, that the position of the Commission will be delineated after a meeting about schools". �Page 4 Minutes 10-27-67 Mr. Kaler announced appointments to three year terms to the Commission those who had been appointed last November for l year terms, namely, Mrs. Sara Baker, Miss Helen Bullard, Mr. R. J. Butler, Mr. Robert Dobbs, Mr. C. G. Ezzard and Mr. Joseph A. Wyant. DIRECTOR'S REPORT: 1. Meeting was held with Legislators on Dc~ober 11; November meeting of the Commission will be changed to November 17th due to Thanksgiving. 2. The OED Multi-purpose Training Center ai Atlanta University, headed by Dr. Tilman Cothran, has contacted the Commission office with a p~oposal that a graduate sociology stude nt be placed in our office as an intern l a t e r ' this year. Approved. 3. Mrs. Minnie Thomas has resigned to accept a secretarial positicn at Morris Brown College. The Director was authorized to write her a letter of thanks on behalf of the Commission. The Personnel Department is helping with personnel changes. 4. The new Info r ma tion Des k in the lobby of City Ha ll is unde r Mr. Monroe, the Superintendent. The Commission has provided information and will continue to work cooperatively with this. · 5. Mr. J a mes Parham of EDA and General Sutherland, City Personnel Di r ec t or , ha ve e xp r essed willingnes s to meet with th e Commission a nd plans a re being a rra nged with th e m. 6. The Commission was asked last summer by the Mayor's office to assist 2 f a milies trying to find space in trailer parks, o fami ly of a ve t e r a n and the other o f a s ervice ma n. Both f amilie s are Ne gro ; neither has been a bl e to fi nd s pace ; both f e el th e y are be ing dis c rimina ted a gains t on th e grounds o f ra c e . Th e Commmssion staff has visite d a ll trailer park ma nagers assoc i a t i on , s uggeste d nee d f o r an ad di tio nal park, whic h would be built " i nteg ra ted" . (1) 7. In the a rea o f housing/we have continu ed the monthly meetings o f person s working wi th housin g . Mrs. Mary Ste ph e ns , Commission member who works with ho using at Pitts bu rg h EDA Center, sai d s he ha d f oun d the meetings most helpful; ( 2 ) Conti nued calls for emergency ho using beyond limited facilities o f Salvatio n Army; ( 3 ) Continued problems o f evi c tio ns from private pr ope r ty code e nf o r c emen t i n Model Neighbo rhood area has resulte d in demolis hing homes, still uncertainty over plans, difficult to get loans to re ha bi l itate homes. B. Schools - Total increase in enrollment in hig h schools in October School Board report - 186; 377 decrease in total e nrollme nt at Archer, Price, West Fulton, Turner; Protests have been made agains t portabl es being built at these schools, some demonstrations against efforts to build them at Turner. �Page S Minutes 10-27-67 9. Vine City - Mr. Carter went to "riots" at request of Mr. Alexander Chairman of the Team for that area. (Written report attached}. 10. Employment meeting, October 26th, had very good response. Persons working in programs of employment were invited, about 100 attended morning session and 50 in afternoon. Director requested report from Mr. R. J. Butler, who presided at the meeting. Mr. Butler reported that those attending included the EDA Administrator the Atlanta Director of the Georgia State Employment, the President of Clark College, Staff members from EEOA Regional office. He said he felt the meeting was helpful, that the interest was so great the meeting continued until 5, instead of adjourning at 4. Mrs. Paschall said a detailed report of the meeting will be sent to Commission members and that the findings of the meeting will be used in making recommendations about a Commission program in employment. Office Space - Mr. R. Earl Landers, Administ~ative Assistant to the Mayor, has said space is available in the old City Auditorium, at no expense to the Commission. Some remodeling would be done, and it would provide ample quarters for the proposed program for next year. It is suggested that the Youth Council and the Commission might share the space to advantage of both. Mrs. Paschall recommended that this be done. Mr. Kaler said he was to see the Mayor and would talk with him · ~ain about space in the City Hall before any final decision. Meeting adjourned at 4:30 P.M. �COMMUNITY RELATIONS COMMISSION 1203 CITY HALL ATLANTA, GEORGIA Staff Report on Vine City, October 22 - 23, 1967 [Reginald Carter] It was reported by Atlanta's news media and by "Word of mouth" that on Sunday, October 22, 1967, several residents of the Vine City community had been arrested. One was "beaten prior to his arrest. I met and talked with r~sidents of the community and interested persons, and learned from Mrs. Betty Holland [a resident of 675 M~gnbliaStreet, SW., JaS-2383] that the incident came as a result of some men gambling in the area of Magnolia and Sunset, were asked to move on by the police. The men responded to the police order, but they did not move out of the area when asked to "move on". Officer Phillips began to beat Mr. Patridge, and subse~uently knocked him out. Later other officers [who were whiteJ joined Officer Phillips in the beating. Mrs. _Holland felt as though the beatings were unnecessary since Mr. Partridge was hand-cuffed. Several other men were arrested on this day, giving rise to tensions. There were no further incidences on this evening. On October 23, I received word that a meeting was going to be held at the corner of Magnolia and Sunset that evening at 8:00 P.M. I visited the area th a t evening to find no formal me et ing i n process, but t hat what seemed l i ke hundreds of people gathered in the street, not to riot but to pr otest for t he blight and malt r e a tment by the pol i ce i n their community. People burned trash i n the street, br oke in and looted seve ra l ne i ghbo r hood gr oce r y stores. They sneered a t policemen and t ried their patience. Ho wever t he police, despite the acts of p r o t est, basically had the s i tuat i ons unde r con t rol. Ater the second sto r e had been br o ken i nto and looted, Sen a to r Leroy Johnson , Alde rman Q. V. ~hlliamson , a t tempted to " re s to r e order" . The c r owd ha d assembl e d on the corne r of Ma gnoli a a nd Ma ple a t t he re quest o f th e a bove ment i oned persons . Orde r was being restored a nd an appeal was be ing ma de to dispe r se . I t was at this t ime that Ca ptai n Little of t he At l a nta Po l ice Depa rtme nt came i n t o t he area with arme d policemen carryi ng ri ot gun s, etc., and orde r ed the peo ple pff tje s treet. He threate ned to arrest t hem if t hey did not obey. The people ran i n all direc tions s c reaming f rom fear of wha t ma y have developed into a shootin g melee. One ma n who was on crutches was moving t oo slowly for t he polic e me n a nd was nearly arrested. Tempers were heightened , and screams and s houts were heard such as : "They are always coming in making people get off the street" • •••• " We can't even ho l d a geaceful meeting" •• •• and "Look , they always give the wh ite pol i c emen the shot guns to kill us" . �l Page 2 V. C. Report 10-22-23-1967 The policemen forced people off the streets, out of . their yards, off of their porches and into the~r homes by threatening to arrest them. They stayed and patroled the area until early the next morning without further incidence. I talked with Mr. Agus tu s McWhort er, . [Butter ball] amd Mr. Elvester McGruder. Both these men were arrested on t he first Sunrjay. Mr. McWhorter said .he was washing clothes at the Laundermat shortly before he and the others were arrested on October 22nd. After hearing that trouble was nearby. He went to assess the situation and arrived in time to see police Officer Phillips beat Mr . Partridge whi le handcuffed. He said he went to the police departme nt to swear out a complaint. He returned to the Vine City area to complete his washing. As · he , was about to leave the Laundromat to take his clothes home, he was ordered . by a policeman to move on. Attempting to explain that . he was on his way home, Mr. Mc Whorter said he was placed under arr est for 11 f ailu ~e to move on• ~r. McG r uder also said he as on his ~ay home when he wa s stopped by s ome policemen who questione d his destina tion. Afte r he expl a ined he was on his way home the policemen sent him in an oppo~~te direction. He was subsequently arrested by other policemen for "drunkeness" and "failure to move on". Mr. McG r uder said he had not had anything at all t o drink. On 11- 7-67 the trial fo r Messers Agustus Mc Who rter [But t erbai1], an d Elvester Mc Gruder, Ma nn Jo r da n, Henry Tuck e r, Milton Harold, a nd Mr. Partridge was held i n Police Cou r t, The arresting officers were: Ruc ke r, Flagg, Phillips , Carlton and Weber. They char ged t hat Mr . Part r idge resisted a r r e st , used vile l a nguage, f ailed t o move on , a s sualte d an d o fficer a nd vi ol ated th e nois e o r di na nce~ Ag ustus McWhorter a nd Elves~er Mc Gr uder have had t heir cases held over until November 21st. The ot her men were fo und guilty ~n all counts and are now in the process of appealing thei ~ cases • . ' �November 22, 1967 Mr. Edgar T. Van Buren 230 Hammond Drive Norcross, Georgia 30071 Dear Mr . Van Buren: This will acknowledge receipt of your letter on behalf of the Community Relations Commission. I certainly appreciate receiving your support of our efforts in this area. Sincerely yours, Ivan Allen, Jr. Mayor IAJr/br �230 Hammond Drive Norcross, Ga. 30071 November 21, 1967 Mayor Ivan Allen City Hall Atlanta, Georgia Dear Mayor Allen: I am the assistant minister to the Unitatrian Universalist Church in Atlanta. I urge your continued support for the Community Relations Commi~frd cn. Mrs. Eliza Paschall is, in my view, a vital worker in the touchy race and poverty problems that confront us. She has a rare ability to relate to many different socio-economic groups in our community. Sincerely, f4/~ Edgar T. Van Buren �TRA I LER PARKS Th r ough a n inquiry by t h e Ma yor, t h e Co mmissi on was as k ed to i nv estigate t h e sit u atio n re g a r di n g t h e difficul t y of Neg ro e s attem p t in g t o r e n t spa c e i n At l a n ta t rai l e r par ks. Two Ne g r o f ami l ies , Mr . a n d Mrs . Frame a n d Mr. a n d Mrs . Wh ea t , h a v e att e mp t ed t o re n t pl a c es t o pa rk t h e ir trai l e rs a n d h a v e b ee n un a bl e t o f in d a ny t r ai l e r p a rk in At l a n ta that will r e n t t o t h e m. v e tera n , i s prese n t ly e mp l o y ed wit h a lo ca l now on a c ti v e d u ty wit h the U. 5 . Army . Mr. Fra me , an Army pap e r c o mpa ny, a n d Mr. Wh eat i s Bo t h fami l i e s b e l i e v e t h at they are b ei ng d e n ied a cc e ss to t h e t r a il e r parks b eca u se t h ey a r e Neg r o . s eve r al Th e y related in sta nc es i n wh i ch t h e y h ad call ed p ar k s , b ee n tol d t h at t h ere wa s a v a c an c y , and u pon arri v i n g at th e par k b ee n to l d that t h e v aca nc y had ju st b ee n filled. Se v era l parks had a llo wed t h e f ami l i e s to fi ll o u t app l i c atio n forms but , fr o m a ll indic a ti on s , t h ese app l i c a tio n s were n e ve r gi v e n any seri ous con sideration. The sta f f o f th e Comm un ity Relati on s Commiss i o n h as b ee n ab l e to gai n the following informat io n in r e gards to t his iss u e : l . Th e District Attorn ey ' s offic e h as informed u s that trailer parks are no t cov ered und e r t h e Civil Ri ghts Act o f 19 64 . At prese n t, c erta in agen ci es h a ve wr itten to Was hing to n in an a tt e mpt to fin d out if trai l er parks within a 3½ mile radius of Ft . McP h e rson are included in Secretary McNamara ' s rec e nt Fede r a l Ord er conc er ni n g military housing . 2. A numb er of orga n izations in Atlanta have work e d with th e Frames and the Wheats in attempti ng to g et t h orn located in a trailer pa r k. Th ese include t h e Red Cross , Th e NAACP , a nd c er t ai n military p e rsonn e l at Ft . McP h erson. Th e Reverend Amos Holm es of t h e NAA CP stated that h e had perso n a lly contacted 24 differe nt trailer p a rks for Mr . and Mrs. Wh eat , but was un abl e to find on e that wo uld accept a Negro family. Only 2 of th e 24 were will i ng to l e t the Wh eats fill out an application. None of the trailer parks contacted, including those in predominately Negro neighborhoods, had a ny Negro es in reside nc e. 3. Most of the trailer park owners c l aim that they are filled to capacity and thus unabl e to provide accomodations for any n ew applicants, either Negro or whit e . A surve~ of some of the trailer parks on Stewart �Pag e 2 trai l ers Av e nu e showed that t h ere we r e s om e v a c a nt s p a c es in th ese parks. On e own e r stat ed that t h e v aca nt spaces in his park 11 .,rn r e r ese rv e d for peopl e who bo ught trailers from him 11 • 4. A sma ll gro u p of trail e r p ark own e rs have ex pressed thir willingn ess to mee t wi th th e Mayo r , Bo ard of Alderme n, or th e Zoning Commiss ion to discuss the probl e m of zoning in regards t o t he b u i l ding of new trailer parks. Th ey cl aim t h at presen t zo ning r e s t rictions ha v e made it a l mo st impossibl e to co nstru ct any new trai l er parks in Atl_anta. Th e y a l so sai d that if zoning r e g ul atio ns could be chang ed , they would b e will i ng to b u ild a n ew trailer park which wo ul d uphol d a policy of op e n occupancy. In concl usion , we ca n simpl y say that presently , th e r e is no Negro l i vin g in a ny trail er park i n Atl a n ta . Mr . a nd Mrs . Frame h ave spent two y ears looking for r e nt a l space i n a ny Atlant a tra il e r park a nd h a v e b ee n u ns uc c essful in a ll of th e ir attempts . Both t h e Frames a nd the Whea ts feel that the t r ai l e r parks are discriminating aga inst them on racia l gro unds a n d both are l ooking for a ny sort of solution in the n ear fut u re that will remedy t h eir ho u si ng probl e m. �November 6, 1967 Mrs. Thomas H. Gibson 1646 Mt. Paran Road, N. W. Atlanta, Georgia 30327 Dear Mrs. Gibson: This will acknowledge receipt ·of your letter on / behalf of the Com.munity Relations Commission. I am most grateful for your support and your generous comments. Sincerely yours, Ivan A llen, Jr. M ayor IAJr/br �OMMUNITY RELATIONS COMMISSION ESTABLISHED BY THE MAYOR AND THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN, NOVEMBER, 1966 1!!09 CITY HALL, ATLANTA GEORGIA 90309 TELEPHONE 5U-446:J EXT. H:J MR. IRVING K . KALER, Chairman THE HONORABLE SAM MASSELL, JR., Ex-Officio President, Board of Aldermen Nov em ber 1 , 19 6 7 COMMISSION MEMBERS Mn. T. M. ALEXANDER, SR. MR. R. BYRON ATTRIDGE MRS. SARA BAKER MISS HELEN BULLARD Mn. R. J. BUTLER MR. ROBERT D OBBS MR. HAMILTON DOUGLAS, JR. MR. C. G. E ZZARD MOST REVEREND PAUL J. HALLINAN Archbishop of Atlanta MR. JOSEPH HAAS MR. AL KUETTNER DR. ROBERT E. L EE MR . ROLLAND MAXWELL Mn . F . W:PATTERSON The Honorable I van All e n , J r . Mayor o f t he Ci ty o f At l a nta City Hall At l a nt a , Ge orgia RA BB I J ACOB M. ROTHSCHILD Mn. M. 0 . "Buzz" RYAN MR. JA CK SELLS Dear Ma yor All e n : MRS. MARY STEPH ENS THE REVERE N D SA MUEL WILLIAMS MRS. ELIZA K . PASCHALL, Executive Director At the Octob e r 27th meeting of t he Comm unity Relations Commission , the following resolution was pass ed : Th at th e Community Relations Co mmiss ion commends th e Mayor and the Board of Alderme n for t he Ordinanc e prohibiting discrimination in emplo yme nt on th e part of city contractors , and that th e Commission u rges that additional provis i ons be mad e for affi r mative action to impl e me nt t he Ordinanc e , in addition to th e pre s e nt e nforceme nt provisions. Sinc e rely , ) Ii' 7, r Rm,t"'_i ~ · ( Mrs.) Eliza K. Paschall Ex ecutiv e Director EK P:c e �COMMUNITY RELATIONS COMMISSION 1203 City Hall Atlanta, Georgia Special Meeting of the Community Relations Commission, September 14, 1967, City Hall. ' Members Present: Mr. Irving K. Kaler,,, Chairman Rev. Samuel. Wi2liams, 1st Vice-Chairman Miss Helen Bullard, 2nd Vice-Chairman Mrs. Fred W. Patterson, 5 £:! c,retary Mrs. Eliza K. Paschall:, Executive Dire·c·tor·. Archbishop Paul J. Hallinan Mr. Robert Dobbs Mr. Jack Sel-ls Rabbi Jacob M. Rothchild Mr. Hamiltort~D6ugi~s, Jr. t ·'.:: Dr. Robert E. Lee · Mr. R. Byron Attridge "Mr. T. M. Alexander, . Sr. Mrs. · Sara Baker Mr. M. O. Ryan.. I Mr. James Pilcher, 'Associate Clty Attorney Ann Moses, Ex.ecutive Secretary to the Mayor Alderman John M~ Flanigen Alderman G. Everett Millican were present. Mrs. . ·:~· ....,. t Mr. Kaler opened the meeting with a statement that the Commission had called the meeting acting under the Ordinance. which authorizes the Commission to "act as conciliator"; that the Commission· had "intervened prior to the c1;isis" .~nd a~ this time was calling upon responsible persons and those "whose testimony is pertinent". He announced that members of the Board of Education had been requested to attend, and recogn i zed Mr. Tom McWhirter, Assistant School Board Attorney, Mr. McWhirter said that the 9chool Bdard was in ' session at the time ; ~ta special mee t ing called previous ly for a special personnel matter, that they regretted the breakdown in communicati on. Rev. Will iams asked about 1962 and 196 5 bond i ssues and promises to .Vine Ci ty. Archi bi s ho p H~llina ~ sai d t ha t the · t al~ abou t "do~ble ses s ion sounds "like doubl e t a lk". · Sena tor. S.. .: lls an nounced t hat he was r eques ti ng t he legis,l. a tive couns el to dra w a bill. c·alling_ for the el ection of the Atlan t a ·s _c hool s upe ri ntend.ant. The following pers on s spoke: ·r Rev. Elroy Embry: "Y es terday we went to Dr. Letson's offi ce , a sked f or a meet ing wi th the Boa r d, we r e t ol d onl y two me thods for c alling a , mee t i ng - by Pr eside nt Cook or ma jority of t he Boa r d. We asked him to c ontact memb.~ t s of the Boa rd, he s aid, he didn't know if he could con tact them. •:, ·. Boa r d , Dr. Letson need to know t hey a r e working for us . Mr. Robe rt E. Baldwin : "Took ~ight da ys t o ge t a ppoint me nt with Boa rd, kn e w t e n yea rs ago s chool s ov e rcrowded. When chiid gets off a t 12, tha t' s a half day. If I work till 12, get paid for½ day . Unl ess Bo a rd acts , thi s i s going to hurt whit e children too. Un educat ed peopl e l ead to poverty . It has helped to have thits meeting, Turner High has bf'len two week s \i&,ithout books . �Tl It Page 2 Minutes of Special Meeting, September 14, 1967i ' , ' ... Rev. Amos Holmes: "We elicit your support for our requests; during 1959-60 asked Board to face problems, urged against token assignments; this has been taking place since 1960; patience has a right to be exhausted; we want to be reasonable, but the Board demonstrates that rising radicalism might be justified. If Atlanta faces riot, could happen on this issue. ,Never. seen anything that has unified people so. Simplest thing Board c.en do is to meet". Miss Helen Bullard: Rev. Amos Holmes: "Is that the p~iority, failure of Board -to meet"? ".Not just mee;t but that is IJlOs.t · c,ru~ial ~ • . Archbishop Paul J . Hallina~: "In ~omplete agreement, this is- no time for ~elay. If we can assure .you of a meeting .tonight, is the~~ enough confidence .to withhold action"? n Rev. Amos Holmes: waited". "If we had been given assurance the other night, would have Archbishop Paul J. Hallinan: "Have asked for a meeting, a sked citizen~ to withhold taking action until Commission has exhausted all means". Rev. Amos Holmes: "Not here to put Commission between us and the Board; to see if Commission will act .!::!i!h us. Board .. should be willing to commit themselves to a certain case. Rev. Samuel Williams: Rev. Amos Holmes: "What do you really expect"? "Eve~y request could be met in 24 hours". Archbishop Pa ul J . Hallinan : Rev. Amos Holmes: "Commission has much a t stake". "A fter Dixie Hills, you reported fai_r1y". Ra bbi Jacob M. Rothschild: "What would you accept as a compromise"? Rev. Amos Holmes: "In a conference with leaders, we would respond". Mr. Robert Dobbs : "Want to speak about priorties, for mother of eight ~hildren, who goes to Buckhead and leaves he re c hildren at home to get themselves to school. Dr. Tate asked to correct this. Board knows the problem of bonding, should be leading fight to get this changed, have Board members who never visit schools". Mr. T. M. Alexander, Sr.: "Consequential damage can disrupt the whole town. When children are involved, parents are not patient; this can disrupt the community, consequenc es must rest on their shoulders~. Rev. Joe Boone: "Here representing my daughter, 79 in class, 2 teachers; have worked with Breadbasket, got Regency and others to open jobs, can 't find qualified people, people have to "limp your way in"; got to tell Letso~, Allen people not satisfied; tired of policies; no white pupils at Agnes Jones, whites at Harris Homes go to another school; Whites at Harris _Homes go to Brownp _Negroes to Washington. You all wouldn't have had this meeting without what happened at the Board meeting". �Page 3 Minutes of Special Meeting, September 14, 1967 Rev. Samuel Williams: "Commission did meet with Letson~. Mr. T. M. Alexander, Sr.: "Commission was meeting Monday night, very time of your meeting with Board, voted to meet with Board~; Mrs. Dorothy Bolden: "Have three girls at Washington High, have to leave home in the dark, not going to put my girls out in street at that hour". Rev. Howard Creecy, asked Rev. Williams to read the demands: copy attach~d Rev. Creecy: "We have been psychologically barred; want to balance the schools; we did not force our way into Letson's office". Mr. Robert Bay~es and Rev. Ward also spoke, emphasizing the point that if "we must have burdens, we (Negroes & Whites) should bear them equally". Mr. Kaler asked Mr. Attridge to r;Jti to the meeting of the School Board and ask if any member of the Board or the staff would come to the meeting, and to request a meeting with -the Board within 48 hours. Mr. Attridge returned to say that he had conveyed the request; answer was that "last evening the Board prowised the Summit-Leadership Conference an answer in two weeks; will go into Executive Session to consider points and will contact their leadership; their attorney will contact the chairman; need time to consider the points". Mr. Alexander said, "we asked not to meet to hear them restate their position, but to discuss matters with them". Archbishop Hallinan moved following resolution, which was passed: "The Community Relations Commission, appointed by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen of Atlanta and representative of the comm~nity of Atlanta is convinced that the Board of Education fails to grasp the urgency of this education situation, and again the Commission urgently requests that a meeting be held be tween the Commis-· sion, the Board of Education and the Superintendent, within 48 hours ( 5:30 p.m. Saturday, September 16) 11 • (Message was telegraphed to President of the Board Ed S. Cook immediately followin g the meeting, with copies sent to members of the Board and to Dr. Letson)". �REQUESTS HANDED TO ATLANTA BOARD OF EDUCATION BY ATLANTA SUMMIT LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE, ET AL -ON SEPTEMBER 11, 1967 l. "A list of the entire faculty--full and part time--of the Area .Te chnical School, with courses taught, salaries paid, and the number who are Negroes 11 • 2. "A listing of the courses currently taught at the Technical School, the number enrolled, the estimated per pupil ·cost, and ,the cost of specific items of equipment; for example, compute1:s,, etc". 3. "That textbooks be supplied all classes, in all schools, for all courses which require textbooks". 4. "Pupil's schedules be ready on opening day, and textbooks be issued that first day, and no later than the third day of school 11 • 5. That a complete re-study of all textbooks presently used be made to the end of removing any and all that do not present the proper perspective on race. We ask that they be replaced with integrated textbooks 11 • 6. "If any school is 60 percent or more of a given race, the Principal of said school shall be of that race. When an Associate Principal, who is white, is assigned to a Negro school, we shall expect a Negro Associate Principal to be assigned to a white school". 7. "That local Negro banking institutions be used along with other banks as depositories of school funds. We should like a list of banks now receiving deposits of Board money". 8. "The At lanta Public Schools have never had a Negro Superi ntendent - it i s about time we had one. With approximately 60 pe r cent of the school population Negro we see no reason why t he Ch ie f Administrative should not be Negro. We are asking that by January 1, 1968, you will make a Negro fi r st Assoc i ate Sup e r int enden t of Schools . If you are wondering where such a man can be found , we suggest t hat you l ook f i r st amo ng yo ur own st a ff!!. 9. "We no te t ha t of al l the maj or de partments in t he System not one is direct e d by a Neg ro. I n a system 60 perce nt thi s is unpardonabl e . We a re a sking , t herefore , th at by J a nu a ry 1, 1968, you name three , but no les s tha n t wo, Negroe s to he ad depa rtments. In departme nts havin g a s sociat e s, we ask that a Negro be named at once to three of thes e positions". 10. 11 "The parents of the Ne gro c hildren on double session are dissatisfied. They c a nnot accept the rationale of the "extended day" when the~ know their childlren are being systematically denied equal education al opportunity. We ask that you, therefore, take immediate action to elimin ate doubl e sessions". �P_a ge 2 Requests Handed To Atlanta Board of Education by Atlanta Summit Leadership Conference, Et Al on September 11, 1967 (continued} 11. "We are asking that the rule passed last year which in effect denies freedom of speech and information to citizens desiring to appear before the Board be rescinded. We do not object to notification of a desire to appear being required of a citizen, but the denial of the right to be interrogated by Board members and to ask questions of ·the Board-with the Board responding - all of this we reject and see as denial of freedom of SP.Bech . and information". �f -'-c ~· ~ 4u_~ C-&~ October 23, 1967 Mr. LeRoy A . Woodward 834 Oakdale Road, N . E . Atlanta, Georgia 30307 Dear LeRoy: Thank you very much for your letter of October 19th which I have read very carefully. The next time you are at City Hall, drop by, as I would be ple sed to discuss it with you. Sincerely, Ivan Allen, Jr. IAJr: m �834 Oakdale Rd. N.E. Atl anta, Ga. 30 307 19 Oc tober 196 7 Hon. Ivan Allen Jr. Mayor City Ha.11 Atl anta., Ga.. Dear May or Allen: As y ou know, while I cannot be ca lled a. di s int er ested bysta nder, I have only the of fici a l position of citizen. I hope you will be willing, t herefor e , to consider some comments on r ecent events in the city. The School Board ha s been sub j ected to some unwarr anted a t tacks recently. Unwarr anted primarily because they wer e not constructive in helping the educ ationa l sys t em . As t hes e att acks have c ontinued, t he re is a pattern of development that s e ems to offer clue s a s to how it a ll came about. These a re the clues a s I see them. As y ou know t here a r e t wo memb ers of t he Boa.rd, Mitche ll a nd Tate who ha ve s pent a. great deal of time pl aying for one particul ar s ection of the vote s. However, neither of t hem ca n even r ead a. report and understand it, so by themsel ve s, I don't t hi nk they could have st art ed this. However, for a number of y ears Mitchell ha. s b een carrying a.11 ma tt ers about t he Board to Pasc a l. She, being f a irly sharp, pic k s t hem over i n a very one si da:i manner and then Mi t chell brings these b a.ck to the next meeti ng . Si nc e Tate ha s be en on, he has b een in t his too. Most of the s o-c a lled issue s t hat have b een r a ised ar e furt he r di storti ons of these. Now whos e i dea it wa s to present this package to the s o-c a ll ed Coa lition I d o not knowj but I su spect Pa.s ea l. Whet he r it was present ed to Johnson a s a. way t o f ur ther his campai gn f or mayor or whet her he thou ght t hi s up is not i mmedi at el y app arent. In add i t i on t o thi s i nt erna l i nformat ion, t her e is another mat t er. The Summit gr oup asked t o meet wi t h the E. O. A. Ne i ghbor hood Cou ncil to enlist thei r support. Pa s ca l wa.s a l s o there a.nd fr om the mi nut es of the meeting t hat I sa.w , her remar k s were anythi ng fr om const ructi v e or concil iatory . Now as I und ers t and the function of the Hum.an Ri ght s Commi sion i t i s to he l p coord i nat e and exp l ain t he a ctio ns of government to t he pe op l e effec ted and t o he l p expl a in to gover nment the needs a nd desires of the people . I t s eems t o me t hat t he Exedutive Se c reta ry i s no t doi ng t hi s at a ll but is att empting to or gani ze a bl oc t o change the governing bodi es . During t his to-d o al l sort s of peopl e have been c oming ou t of the woodwork , like Geral d Reed , and I'm convinc ed the pl an inc l ud e s a n a l most entirely new Sc hoo l Board a l ready s e lect ed by Pa sc a l. How fa.r she ha s gotten on the Alderma.ni c B ca.rd and other offices I do not know, but Mass el ha s tried to get i nto the a.ct, a gai n qui t e unconstruc tively. It is an i nt er es ting s i tua tion and a s one of your stanch support ers, I think y ou shou l d know t hat if it c ontinues a nd i s even pa rtia lly s ucces sful, it can r esu lt i n a. very strange School Boa.rd. Most of the present memb er s are complete l y diggu sted wi th t he sit uati on and i f i t continue s may no t even run . The a.mount of time consumed ha s b e en e normous and, a s y ou know, bus iness peop l e a.re a lready short of time. I t hi nk wi t h those t wo exc ept i ons, the Board is a s good a s a city can hope f or a nd i t the j ob bec omes l es s attr act i ve bec ause of t hese c omplete l y unconstruc tive attack s, what wi ll happen to our sc hoo ls ? The newspapers were par ticul a r l y unhel pful in t his s equ enc e of event s but, appa r ent l y ev en t hey a.r e rea lizing that it is time to shut it off . Notice the Letter s-to- t he- Editor t hey are now pri nti ng . Si nce t hey onl y pr i nt t ho s e l ett ers that a gree wi t h the ir pos ition , I fee l t hi s is si gni f i cant . If y ou have gott en to read this I hope i t ha s b een a more eff i cient expend itur e of y our t i me than if I a sked to come down and s ee y ou as I have in the pa.st. However , as a l way s, if I c an be of any help i n any thing at a l l , pl eas e c a l l on me. Sinc er ely, ~R ~ ~'!!~• �October 17. 1967 Mr•. Eliza Puchall, Executive Director c--ity lationa u ion 12th Floor, City H 11 Atlanta. Georgia Dear Mr•- Puchall: Board of Alderaen of the City of Atlanta at ita me ting held on October 16, 1967 confirmed the appointment of the following people to ••ne three year terwu on the CIMIU-.ity Relation• CW1111u.11•ioa.; •aid teru to expire as indicated. The ~brpinti ara Baker Belen Bullard B.. J. Butler Date 11/21/70 Robert Dobb• 11/21/70 12/21/70 11/21/70 I. G. Izzard Joaeph A. w,ant 11/21/70 11/21/70 You.ra very truly. City Clerk JJL:• Jletty R. biu �ESTABLISHED BY THE MAYOR AND THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN, NOVEMBER, 1966 1209 CITY HALL, ATLANTA GEORGIA 90909 TELEPHONE 5U-U69 EXT. 493 Oc t ober 1 7 , 196 7 The Honora bl e Milton G. Fa rris Chairman , Fi na nce Commit' ee Board o f Aldermen Box 7245 , Station C Atlanta , G orgia 30309 Dear f·1r . Farris : At the regular meeting of the Community Relatio s Commission on September 22 , the Commission voted to recomm•nd to t ho f i na nce Comr,1ittcc of the Board of Aldermen that prior ty bs giv n to the needs for incr as d appropriatio ns by the City for recreatio n a nd urther , to xpress to tho Fi na nc Committee its opi nion that 1r. Doliuo , ios Carmic hael a nd their associates have do n a remarkabl y good job within the limits o f thoir reso urces . Sincerely , ( rs . ) Eliza K. Paschall Executive Director EKP :mt cc; Thu Ho norabl Iv n Allen , J r . The Honorable Charles La f twich , Chairman , Pa:rks Co Mr . Irving K. Kolar Mie Virgini C rmicha l Mr. J c k Del i us ittee �r COPY METROPOLITAN OPERA ASSOCIATION, INC. L ·INCOLN CENTER PLAZA NEW YORK, N . Y. 10023 5 October 1967 Mrs . Eliz K. Pa chall cutive Director -::..i Coumunity Relations Commie ion 1203 City Hall Atlanta, Georgia 30303 ~ Ex. Dear Mra . P schall, Mr. Bing has referred to me. your letter of th third . Mr. Bing ha be n in touch with Mr . King , Mr. Kennedy and Mayor Allen, and we re all working toward a solution of the ticket ituation. Mr. Bing a•ked me to thank you for your interest and to convey his bet wishes . Youra~ ruly, Francis Robinson FB/cf · / cc: Mayor Ivan All n, Jr. Mn. Martin Lutbar King, Jr. Mr. Alf rad Kennedy �OMMUNITY RELATIONS COMMISSION ESTABLISHED BY THE MAYOR AND THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN, NOVEMBER, 1966 1£03 CITY HALL, ATLANTA GEORGIA 30303 TELEPHONE 5U-H63 EXT. H3 October 3, 196 7 Mr . Rudolph Bing Metropolitan Opera HQuse Lincoln Cent r for the Performing Arts Lincoln C nter Plaza New York , New York De.ar Mr . Bing 1 I know that yo u have received communications r ecently f rom Mrs . Ki ng and other Atlanta citizens concerned over the plane for the 1968 Oper season in Atlante . I very much appreciated Mr. Robinson ' s reply to my letter of June 5, forwarding report of a meeting which was held with Mr. Kennedy , official of the Atlanta J unior League and mambera of the Atlanta Committe for Cultural Oppo~tunitios . We appreciat the di fficulty which those in charge heva in making tic ket~ available to new persons , but we are also aw re of th gro i ng feeling of many Atlanta residents that these opportunities must be oxt.endod ton w group . I recall th t M:r . Kennedy explained that v r l y era go , rearrang monts w re made abo ut eaeon tic kets a th t the numb r of perfor one a included i n e season tick t as reduc d and th reby additional tic k t were m de av ilable for many p rson . Pert, p rearrange~ n f tic k ta could be m de for n >c1::l us ed ·; h ·, :~iotin g was : ( '. ) when t t. e police used brut in a :::-::t, ,; ci ~ ::1 +, c: 11G, -.. , . • A mee t i ng 1,..· 351 c alled on Sunday to find out the pE ct! ·· ·-' .1 • .t e v ~·r, -:-e, a r. ,j t o s tap the pa i:n t roubles of the c amm uni ty with the :;ec :..i-;:- i.. ~\, g u c: rds , pla y · lots for our sma ll childre n. He tho ught t hat this th i n ~ woulj come �Page 3 Minutes, Commission Hearing in Dixie Hills, \!Jed. , June 21st about eventually , even i f Mr. Carmichael did not come into the area. MRS. ALBERT FORD stated that these problems were here before this thing happen. She felt th a t the City transit gave good bus service in the area. A bus comes in here every five minutes, and during the Xmas holidays, one came about every minute. The police brutality is not wanted in the a rea. The community decided that they will not shop at the store (Dixie Hill Store). She stated that, " We are not violent people", if some of the polic e is t a ken from the area, the people could go back to their normal way of living. Shes ys that she realize that a lot of people do not have respect for the la w, but this comes from the brutality fro m the policem en. ·· IKIE J ORDAN said that the people he ld a meeting that night, ( Mo nday) Vfo called this meeting to hea r from t ri e people their complaints. A comm~nity preacher made arrange ments as to where this meeting was to be held. Their c a mplaints we re as follo ws: (1) work, (2) the stores in the Center , (3) EDA, the y a , e not helping the people with their problems, (4) Poor Sewage, (5) Play lots, and recreation are not doing what could be done with the apartment. We would like someone from the Cit ~ to guard this area as a re gular beat, someone who kno ws everyone . And the y should t a ke a huma n-r e lations cours e, similar to the one given in colleges. Then the ~ would know how to handle these people. Also EDA do not show to much in t erest to the people in the area, and a r e not r e ally giving a ssistance to them. The counselors do not take interest . MRS , ALBERT FORD: Police brutalit y is dra wi ng attention f r om the people . JERRY CAR LTON: The police are not protecting t he people, and they should be gotten out. He stated further that he s aw the little boy who was shot , in the hosp i ta l, and that the kid wa nts to kill every cop tha t comes i nt o hi s s ig ht -- that t his is t he react i on a s mall child has fro m such brutal i ty - - - a nd t hat he i s too youn g to t hi nk like that but the pol i c e are t eachi ng hi , th i s wa y beca use of th e way they treat pe op l e . The sec uri t y guar ds are given a gun and a ba d ge an d t ha t is t he i r licens e t o kil l , or harass a n~one t hey want . Q. V. WILLI AMSON: 11 The onl y t hin g the police a re t he re f or is t o pro te c t life an d pro perty. I f t he y are ta ken out no w what wi ll ha ppe n "? JOH ~N Y BILLI NGSLAY: "T his c ommun ity onc e had a bu t the city took him a 1Ja y, and gave us a nother bully ev e ryone. He wa s remove d after he s hot a and t he gr i ll hir ed a Sec urity Gua r d . The ma n Mr. Colli e r " . fe l l ow who was real ni ce, pe rso n he re who tried to ma n here . Then t he store who everyone liked wa s CH AI Rr,1AN: " Cou ld th i s ma n be brou ght bac k t o help us with th e pe ar•'? , an d the ir problems " ? g1LLINGSLAY: "T he on ly th ing we want here i s 'pe a ce'" · .-'. ll/.\ RLES vJEBSTER, AFSC: "Chairma n , I a '::l r e e with Mr. Billi'l -> l --: _c1 , --.r ,.·J Carlton. This community needs s omeon e who t he pe opl·, > .:.J'- . ·: r--:! ·: r ,Js t . " ' ·1 -,-. �Page 4 Minutes, Commissi9n Hearing in Dixie Hills lved., June 21st 11 tJ e have a nurr.ber of complaints 11 • C. 1. / . S~1 ITH: He wor k s ~"i th EDA as Area Block Chairman o f their lighting committee. He states that they had a number of complaints, i n addition to the other complain t s, is proper lighting in the area . This c omplaint has been brought up be f ore the pro per autho ritie s, but nothing has yet been done about it. VIRGINIA JkCKS ON: J erks with And a rson School's PTA, and talk to the boys in the area. The people here fe e l that the people with the EDA are better than them, the way they are treated. Since most of these people are not high-school g raduates, they (EDA) in coun s elling them · should tell t hese kids, not to expect to make a lot of money on the jobs tha t they are sent out on. Some o f them have gotten into the tra inin g program, bu t th i s ma kes them f ru st rated, bec ause if they ha ve f a milies, the sa l ary th e y ar e given are not enough. The cou n selors should le t th e m know what is to be ex p ected. HELEN BULLARD : "Some people wil l n o t res pect the police men if the childre n are told that the policemen go a bout and beat up the people. Wh a t could be done abo ut thi s " ? VIRG IN IA J ACKSOf\l: "My sug g estion is, as I tell my children, ( and I ha ve five) that whe never a po lic e man u rders y ou to d o something , do it. If y o u are arrest e d go with t hem peacefully , wheter you are wrong or r ig ht. Then t hi s i s when you exerci se y .. ur r ig h ·~s by h i ring a la wye r" . CHAIR f·iA N: "I f t he Ci ty r e mov es t h e po l ice men f r om th e area, wil l i t make t h is area less d ist u rbed "? VI RG Ir,J IA J ACKSON: " tJ e don't ne e d a n y on e here, who cannot get o rde r . Th e polic emen a r e c a using d isorde r. " ~nL LI E GLAZE : "Some o f t h e people in th e area fee l that t h e people who the cops s hot an:! eit her t h ,, ir friend o r relati v e ". CHAR LES B. HART : Asked what wo u ld t h e i r r ea c t i ,n s b e i f Mr. Carmicha e l came ba c k into t h e a r ea, o n ce th e p o l ic emen ure removed . Wo l d the y b e able to g uarantee anyone tha t t h ey would n ot b e motivated b y his speec hes and riot again ? He also s t a t ed tha t h e is a volun teer worker with EDA, as an area r - prese ntati v e, a nd that a bo u t three mont h s ago they expressed a desire for a "good Guy to pat r ol this area. We ha v e not had f u ll cooperation with t h e comm u nity wor king with EDA. We ha d also tried to get the City to cuild two playlot s for o u r children. Mr. Hart is to s u bmi t a written report to t h e committee on these effnr.~s . 1 The meeting wa s adjo u rned at 6:3 D P. M., in o r d er to meet with th ~ Mayor a t City Ha ll. �July 24, 1967 S Mr. Patrick Taylor, Secretary Community Re lations Commission Center Building Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73102 Dear Mr. Taylor: The Mayor has asked me to answer your l etter of July 19 . 196 7 con cerning the Summer Youth Opportunity Campaign in the Metropolitan Atl anta Area . Rather than to go t hrough a long explanation about our program, I am taking the liberty of enclos i ng for your information copies of som of the material wh ich we are using in our Campaign. I believe this will g ive you a good indication of t he cDmprehensiveness of the Atlanta effort and the kind of broad community participation and cooperation whi c h we have been able to obtain . Much of th success of this Campaign was due to the amount of active support and participation which we were able to obtain f r om t he Office of the Mayor and the Mayor himself who serve s a s chairman of t he Youth Opport unity Campai gn . We maintai ned a close worki ng r elationshi p between c ommunity a ct i on agency ( E. O. A.), t he pr i vate and public wel fare agencies , t he r ecreation and duca tional agenc i es and t he busines ses in this communi ty . We a l so attribute our s uccess t o t he early groundwork done by the Atlant a Yout h Council . The r a ct ion to our program has be en most favor able at soth t he local and federal l eve l s . In spite of the success of our Campaign , w do hope w can do an even better job next summer in the employment area . The Mayor has al o asked me t o convey hi6 congratulations t o your City for the formation of its mmunity Relations Cormiission and wish you success in this undertaking . Thank you very much for your l tter nd your intere tin thi Sine rely, John W. Cox Executive Director JWC:eef Enclosure matter . �OMMUNITY RELATIONS COMMISSION ESTABLISHED BY THE MAYOR AND THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN, NOVEMBER, 1966 1f03 CITY HALL, ATLANTA GEORGIA 30303 MR. IRVING K . KALER, TELEPHONE 5t!-.f,f6.! EXT. -'"" Chairman THE HONORABLE SAM MASSELL, JR., E'1:-Offi,cio July 25, 1967 President, Board of Aldermen COMMISSION MEMBERS MR. T . M. ALEXANDER, SR. MR. R. BYRON ATTRIDGE MRS. SARA BAKER MISS HELEN BULLARD MR. R . J . BUTLER MR. ROBERT DOBBS MR. HAMILTON DOUGLAS, JR. MR. C. G. EZZARD MOST REVEREND PAUL J. HALLINAN Archbishop of Atlanta MR. MR. DR . MR. JOSEPH HAAS AL KUETTNER ROBERT E. LEE ROLLAND MAXWELL MR. F. W.'PATTERSON RABBI JACOB M. ROTHSCHILD MR. M. 0. "Buzz" RYAN MR. JACK SELLS MRS. MARY STEPHENS The Honorable Ivan Allen, Jr. Ma y or, Ci ty o f Atlant a Ci ty Hall At lanta , Ge o rg i a Dear May or Allen: THE REVEREND SAMUEL WILLIAMS MRS, ELIZA K . PASCHALL, E.,ecutive Director I am sorry not to have reported earlier on t he letter fr om Mr. H. D. Hambri c k, 386 Patterson Avenue, S. E •• I t t oo k a little whi le t o get in touch with him , but Mr. Norman Lillegard wh o is a stude nt In terracia l Mi nis t erial Intern wo rk in g in the Commission o ffice this s ummer , did call Mr. Hambri c k and discussed his situation wit h him . We tried to reassure Mr. Hambrick that i f Negroes do move into a nei g hb o rh oo d, that the cit y wi ll no t permit any deteri o ration in servi ces. We p oi nted out the fa c t that there are no legal restrictions o n where any on e may l ive or buy pro perty , that Mr. Hambric k and his neighb o rs by the ir o wn concern ab ou t t heir o wn pro perty wi ll determine the condition of their neighborhood . We as k ed Mr. Hambrick t o sta y in touch with us and to le t us kn ow if we can be o f any help to him or his ne i ghbors. Sincere l y, )fi'r (Mrs.) Eli za KQ Pasch a ll Ex ecutive Director EK P : mt �OMMUNITY RELATIONS COMMISSION ESTABLISHED BY THE MAYOR AND THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN, NOVEMBER, 1968 t!!Oj MR. IRVING CITY HALL, ATLANTA GEORGIA jQjOj TELEPHONE 5H4f6j EXT. -'jj K. KALER, Chairman THE HONORABLE SAM MASSELL, JR ., Ez-Offi,cio President, Board of Aldermen Jul y 25, 1967 COMMISSION MEMBERS MR. T. M. ALEXANDER, SR. MR. R . BYRON ATTRIDGE MRs . SARA BAKER Miss HELEN B ULLARD MR. R. J. BUTLER MR. ROBERT DOBBS MR. HAMILTON DOUGLAS, JR. MR . C. G. EZZARD MOST R EVEREND PAUL J. HALLINAN Archbishop of Atlanta MR. MR. DR . MR. JOSEPH H AAS AL KUETTNER R0BimT E. LEE R OLLAND MAXWELL MR . F. W : PATTERSON RAB BI JACOB M. ROTHSCHILD MR . M. 0. "Buzz" RYAN MR. JACK SELLS The Honorable Ivan Allen , Jr. May or, City o f At lan ta City Hall At l anta, Ge orgia MRs. MARY STEPHENS THE REVEREND SA MUEL WILLIAMS Dear May or Al len: MRs. ELIZA K. PASCHALL, E zecutive Director In resp o nse t o y ou r le tter requesting t hat we assist Mr. Charles Frame in bis e ff orts t o find a place t o lo cate his trai le r home , Mr. No rman Lille gard contac t ed Mr. Frame and made the f ollo win g attempts t o help him. Mr. Frame was intere sted in a loc ati o n in the s ou th o r s ou thwest sect ion o f the cit y, and s o Mr. Lil l egard visited tw o par ks o n Bankhead Highway and tw o o n Steward Avenue. Accordi ng t o Mr. Frame, he had been t ol d severa l times dur i ng the past year that he could get a place at o ne o f the parks, but had never he ard fr o m them. The other o ne on BankHead Avenue had t old him that the y did no t serve Ne groe s. Mr. Lillegard was told that there were n o va c ancies at either of these place s when he ca ll ed wi thout identify ing bimse l f. Mr. Li ll egard and Mr. Frame visited several parks on Steward Avenue and attempted t o make an app lic ati on at two wh ich had vacancies. At one o f these, Mr. Lillegard was t old that they did have vacan cie s, but when i t became ap paren t that it was Mr. Frame that wanted the place , they were told that it was not ready f o r occupanc y. Bo th of these parks o n Steward Avenue t oo k applications but both pointed ou t that they did not accept unmarried pers o ns, and Mr. Frame because of th i s would be ine li gib l e. Mr. Li lle gard is keeping in t ouch with Mr. Frame and we will let y ou kn ow of any future developments. S ince rely , )/ ; (Mrso~i za K. Paschall Ex ecutive Director EKP: mt �COMMUNITY RELATI0NS COMMISSION v1rJNOTE: 1203 CITY HALL ATLANTA, GEORGIA "Tt,a City of AH cnt9 · Pcli": ;.;. D,:;p~rtment is inyestigating all of the incidents which took pl ::c·'" in th1;; Di,xitl Hills area June 17th thru June 20th." _. July 12, 1967 REPORT ON DIXIE HILLS EPISODE R OU I\ 0 A memo in the files of the Community Relations Commission, dated April 5, 1967 states "Mr. Charles Hart suggests that the Commission hold a hearing in the Northwest area immediately ~ including, Troy Street area, Dixie Hills, Almond Park, etc. He pointed out several problems in the area. On . April 19th a meeting was held at Allen A. M. E. Church, at which time 24 persons spoke, and some 15 more subffiitted written statements about needs. (On May 4th, a meeting was held a t Wilkes Chapel, in Perry Homes area} The complaints included sewers; street paving; street signs; police protection~ "In Dixie Hills Plaza"; recreation; double session schools; charges in public housing projects; rats; maintenance of apartments. The individual complaints we re referred to the appropriate departments and the Commiss ion was informe d that an e ncouraging number had bee n handle d. The ma jor ones, of inadequate resources for young people would require ma jor res our ces and programs through the City Aarks and Recreation Depart ment or thr ough t he Boa rd of Education. On May 9th , the Center Hill - Grove Park Ci vic Associati on CNAC f or the West Central EDA c enter s ubmi tted r eques t s to Committee fo r 8 s pec ific pr ograms in the gene ral area . On same groups submi t ted t o the Polic e Committee reques t s for of a Police At hletic League. a nd the the Pa r ks May 10th development The Dixie Hills ~hoppi ng Center is in area of about one block by one- half block. It is surrounded by apartment houses with little open spac e - -a parking area for about 20 cars. On the evening of Sa tu r day , J une 1 7th, a customer left the Flamingo Gril l a t a bout 9:15 P. M. and wa s s tandi ng on a c orner in the pl aza. [He was drinki ng beer .] Accor ding to him, Eddie Wil kin s , who~wes. t hw one arrest3rl.: " I was standi ng on t he corner , had a c an of beer a nd I'm ol d enough, I'm over 21 ; then t hree securit y policemen f rom the Flami ngo Grill, cam3 up a nd t ol d me to move on. He's got. a grudge against me; the sec urity guards said 'You c an 't s tan d here on the corner ' I sai d ' Why?' The~ he pushed me . ( The security gua rd } Then we starte d t o f ight. And tt-: c.-. the city police came . " Ed -:! ~e \rJilkins' sister, Georgia Wilkins, was arrested later. He :-.· \:e:;-, ,.~. 1 ":!Jetec tive J. ~J. Bailey pulled me over and tried to ha11dr_· ...'. 1· + · :... . He · .aDped me and I s tarte d to fight back. My Daddy told me t~ i - ~ pn ~i ~~ ~a ka me on in and he would get me out. They put a b~ i •. tu~1,< ·o; JJ'L br ass knuc kles, beat the boy ans t hen started bea-!;·l.: i~ .~ :: ·. ··: ;;: ~s t r-1,,.:;;:,; ~ a nd bac k. I asked why they were arr esting and hi t t .:.,1; ;,.:.. : :1 :::1 NAgro of fic e r told me t o s hut up ! He said he ha d a rrested ;na ·f or l:c:d langu~ ge . I s aid they should a rrest eve r ybody t hen. I kept quiet so they would ' nt - beat me. " Wr.:i 'f • �Page # 2 Report on Dixie Hills Episode During this period, a crowd gathered and some protested the arrests. Another man was also arrested. A police officer said Miss Wilkins was hitting at them with her pocketbook and cursing. She was arrested on charges of an assualt on an officer, using obscene and vulgar language. Her brother was arrested on a miscellaneous mischief charge. The third person, Joseph Kendrick of Proctor Street, was char ved with interfering with an officer. They claim to have been beaten by the police in the car. The crowd gathered. The police officer denied the charges against him, saying that they were fighting and protesting. There were no disturbances on Saturday night and no police cars in the area. The incidents in the Dixie Hills area were sparked off as a result of the fight with the security guards on Saturday. On Sunday afternoon Stokley Carmichael and his SNCC companions were in the neighborhood. After a swimmin g trip at Mozley Park, they were arrested for loitering. It was reported by Howard Watson, a resident of the Dixie Hills area, there were about 4 police ca r s patroling. He held a meeting at St. Joseph's Church on Verbena Street, N. W., with some residents of the ~om~unity to decide whether they should pick et the shopping plaza. The meeting was held at 3:00 P. ~1 . , shortly after Stokley Carmichael's arrest. There were no incidents Sunday night. Monday afternoon, a young man was shot by a police officer. The incident was diecrib ed by an eyewitness as follows: "Somebody threw a brick in the shopping center and hit the window to a store, the burglar ala rm went off. A boy (the one who was shot) picked up a stick and started beating on the alarm to try to make it stop, as they had seen policemen do. The police drove up, on e man got out of the car and came o ver to the boy and told him to stop. The boy didn't stop. When the boy continued beating, the policeman demanded again that he stop. When the boy continued beating, the policeman pushed him. The bo~ 's friend sug ges ted that he defend himself. Th e n the boy retaliated by pushing the policeman back. They started to stuffle. The boy pushed the policen,an against his car and backed a way from him. The policeman pulled out his pistol and shot the boy." Marion Ward, 31 Shirley Place, gave this account of what happened Tues. night. He said : "The Police Department got nasty with us last night after people got shot . We tried to get police officers to help us out, he told us to wait, we should have been in the house, to wait, they would get to us when they could----- Fellow was dead, little boy would have died --told me to pick fellow up and bring him to him --- fellow was already dead --- the fellow I went to was the person who did the shooting. Police were scared to death, had shotguns . Fellow who threw firebomb was no where near us. Lady said 'We better go in the house' when firebomb was thrown, tried to get in the same door. I would know police officer who shot --- got a good look at him in light of bomb". �Page # 3 Report on Dixie Hills Episode The observations of Reginald Carter after Dixie Hills Rioting. (Community Relations Staff) I arri ved into the are a a bo ut 9:15 A. M., Tuesday, June 20th at Verbena Street at the EDA West Cen tral Neighborhood Service Center. I saw the bulldozers and tractors u f the City of Atlant a grading ground to be used for a play lot. The street cleaners we re clearing the streets. The sewers wer ~ being cleaned out and ma ny of the city officials were in the a rea giving directions a nd making pla ns about what is to be done next about play lots. The area was without incident. Later on in the evening, 10:15 P. M. , when I arrived back into the area, policemen were fully armed. I had heard that four (4) people were shot, one fatally. The area was high in tension and several shots were fired periodically. I went to Grady Hospital in an effort to get a n official report of the incident and possibly to talk to some of the injured. I was only able to g e t a story of what happened from a news reporter. She reported: "A Mr. Timothy Ross ~-Jas fat a lly shot while sitting on a step at his home; Marion Ward was shot between the eyes, his injury was not serious; Catherine Duncan was shot in the hand while in her apartment. The shooting re s ulted from a kid who thre w. 8 fire bomb at a po liceman. The policeman got excited and sta rted shooting". Reginald Rivers, age nine (9) was shot in the side. I r e turned to the area of Dixie Hills an d heard that the Mayor had been th ere f u r a short while. I listened while Reverend Boone, Rush Con gregatio nal Church, Rev e rend J, C. Wa r d, Hunt er Hill Baptist Church, Ben Perry, WAOK, and Douglas J ac kson who was shot by the police on the evening before, was interviewed about the shooting of the afternoon. I left the area about 12:15 A. M. , there were no further incidents. Wed nesd a y mornin g: Ma yor Allen rend eied a 9 P . M. ~ A. M. curfew und er powers granted to him on Monday, a nd request e d t h e Community Relatio ns Commission's Execu tiv e Committee to hold a meeting to h ear fro~ residents of the area --- notes attached: Upon r e commendation of the local leaders and the Community Relations Commission the Mayor extend ed the curfew to midnig ht . Was hingt on a nd Anderson Par ks are progressing. Meetings of residents with a partment ma na gers a nd store managers in th e riot area ha v e resulted in ag reeme nts for better maint e nan ce ser v ic e in the apartments and better quality goods i n the s tores . The Re ve rends Boone and J. C. Uard were ve ry interested in th is. At its meeting on Friday, June 23 , 1967 the Commu nity Relations Commission adopted resolutions: 1. Ur g ing the Reta il Food Deale rs Association to adopt membership qualifications and to dicipline its members . 2. Requesting an immediate surve y of Recreation resources . ,_.:·. ·. : . . ·-~r �1-- Page f/4 Report on Dixie Hills Episede 3. Asking the Community Council to convene a city-wide meeting for long-term plans for recreation, and 4. A resolution addressed to the Mayor and Board of Aldermen, the text of which is attached. Minutes of the Hearing held by the Commission on Wednesday afternoon, are attached and copy of requests from Citizens Groups to Parks and Recreation Committee on May 9th and Police Committee on May 10th. Disposition of Cases. as of Julv 21, 1967: Miss Georqia Wilkins: In Municipal Court, fined $17 for resisting arrest; i lS for profane language; bound over to ·county Court on charge of assault and battery. Mr. Eddie Wilkins: In Municipal Court, charge of vulga r language, dismissed; bound over to County Court on charges of assualt and battery an d malisciou s mischief. Mr. Joseph Hendricks: In Municipal Court, for interferring with arrest, fined $25, or i lS and time,suspended; charge of profane language dismissed; bound over on charge of assa ult and battery . The cases have not been set f or trial in County cour t; probably in September . �COMMUNITY RELATIONS COMMISSION 1203 CITY HALL ATLANTA, GEORGI A YOUR iNfORM~l\OM MINUTES OF THE COMMUNITY RELATIONS COMMISSION HEARING IN THE DIXIE HILLS AREA June 19, 1967 Hearing on Dixie Hills, Wednesday, June 19, 1967, EDA Center, 2193 Verbena St. The Executive Committee of the Commission met at the request of the Mayor. Present: CHAIRMAN: FIRST VICE-CHAIRMAN: SECOND VICE- CHAIRMAN: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Mr. Irving K. Kaler Rev. Samuel Williams Miss Helen Bullard Mrs. El iza K. Paschall Al s o pres e nt were Senator Leroy Johnson, Alderman Q. V. Williamso n , Re p. J. D. Grier, Rep. J.C. Daugherty, Mr. Cecil Alexander, Mr. Johnny Robinson, and Mr. E. L. Lowery, City Inspection Department. Mr. Kal er explaine d that the session had been called a t the reques t of the Ma yo r t o hear from reside nt s a bout the even ts of the pas t f ew days, a nd invited a nyon e t a s pea k. SPEAKERS : ( I n Or der ) Mr . Howard Watson 49 Shir l ey Pl ace Mr. Willie For dan 346 Wadley St. Mr. Charl e~· Weber Am. Frds. Se r. Mis s Dor othy Sh aw 2232 Verbena St. Mr s. Al bert Ford 2235 Verbena St. Mr. C.W. Smith 2261 Verbena St. Mr. Marion Wa rd 31 Shirley Pl. Mr. J erry Carlton 31 Shirley Pl. Mr s ~ V. ~ .Jackson 2150 Verbena St. Mr. William H. Furlow 2166 Vesta Ave., #B Mr. J ohnny Billingsley 2225 Verbena St. #5 Willie GlazE. 155 Wadley :: Mr. Howard Watson, the Youth Co rps Co-c hairman, was the first speaker. He expressE his complaints, and wha t he thought precipitated t he rioting was (1) inadequate play lots for the immediate area, ( 2 ) better treatments in the stores , (3) apartments, (4) police prutality, and (5 ) unpaved streets, with holes in them. The apartments are owned by private owners, and the owners should be made to repair the apartments, and rents are too high for the way they are unkept by the owners. Streets need paving, some large holes are in the middle of them. The sewage is very bad, when it rain, water floo-ds1Jp in the streets. He felt that the stares in the Center, should treat the children, as well as others with respect. The brutality is another factor for unrest - w~en tr.e official was arresting the girl they used brutality with her, and the people didn't want their women treated that way. The policemen seem to feel that the people in the low-income bracket, can be treated anyway, and talked to anyway. The rioting did not just stem from the trying to get recreation facilities, but mostly "police brutality". �Page 2 Minutes, Commission Hearing in Dixie Hills, ... ;' _ Wed., June 21st DOROTHY SHAW: She stated that her g r ievances, or complaints were (1) playlots for the children, (2) E.O.A. should have field trips for th e smaller children (3) the selling of beer and wine to our children in the store should be stopped (this complaint had not been formally reported to the authorities. BULLARD: (Question) Do you think that Mr. Carmichael's presence precipitated : this rioting? Do you think this would come about anywa y7 SHA W: The disturbance would come about sooner or later, mainly because our kids are on the streets. MARION WA RD: the man who was shot, treated, and released, stated that . he waited in the streets in o r der to help the fellow who was shot (later he died), After waiting on the police, he went to ge t his superior offccer ( the police), he never c a me back to help the othe r man. He told the Commission that he heard four ~ ots, that the officer pump the gun four times. That the man who threw the fire bomb ( Molotov Cocktail) was not near them. The Molotov Cocktail went ju~t a fe w f ee t in f ront of the officer who shot th e se people. He saw the police s t a rt to s hoot, the police was under a street light. He sta t ed that he could .i,dent i fy him if he sa\v him again. The other man ( who died) wa s just l y i ng in the str ee t s "fa c e down, a nd the bo y wa s n o t b leedin g , un l ess he was bleeding on the inside, both unattended. He stated that he was tre ated and relea s e d a t Grady's Hospital. The ambulance took about t wo hours to CtJme He said h e had sta rted to bleed again, that it was a bout 30 minute s aft e r he got to t he ho s pital b e for e he rec e ived a ny s e rvi ce. He was as ke d t o make a s t ateme n t t o detec t i v es be fo re he bega n to g e t service . There ar e no playlo ts for our chi ldren, is offe red f or them. ("I pay ~65.00 per He has t hre e crild ren hims elf , and tha t r o a c hes, ra t s, a n d o t her i n sec ts : th a t t the rent is t o o hi g h , and nothin g mo nth; no utilities a re i n cluded " ) t he a part me nts a re i n f es ted with he owne r s s ho uld g e t rid of. WI LL IA M H. FURLOW: Fee l s t hat pr u vio u s p roblems c a use this th i n g t o come to a point. Aft e r t h e riotin g he c a me b a ck to t h i s a r ea to ~e e what wa s ha ppen i n g, he fee l s that th is s it ua t ion c a me ab out b e cause o f th e br u tality o f th e po l i c e arrestin g o f t he gir l (G eorg ia) . Thi s commun i t y th is l a rge do not ne ed a J ew St o re , with pr i ces skyhig h , a nd l i tt l e q ua li ty . A community thi s s i ~e n eeds a s t o re l Lke A & P or o n e simila r. Th e cit~ s hou ld ma ke t he owners r e p a i r th e apart ment s. There are ho l e s in t h e wa l l, where c hild re n get i n to t h em t o p lay . Th is is da n gero u s . Al s o pla y lots are n eed e d f o r o u r ch i ld r en . WI LKIE J O~DAN: Get pr ope r t y o wn ers to fi x u p t he p r o per t y , kee p p l ace s cle an • Felt t hat if t he pol i c e me n we re to pa role t he area , it s hou l d be in s uc h a l a r g e q u anity , a nd not hara ss th e people. As long as th e p eople are trea t e d like peo p le, t he re will be pea ce. I f the o ffici a l s 8re me a n to t he m, th e y will c ont i nue to ga th er i n c ro wd s as s uc h . Th P- r R s h~ uld be an e f f o r t i f the poli cemen are needed t he y sho ul d b e n ~ l e tc ·c., ,,, ; h the are a in 5 t o 8 mi n u tes . The p e o ple feel · t hat fli 1:;· t.h j _r,~ 1r.i ~i·:-;~·,:ca used th n rio t ing wa s: (1) when t l.e polic e u s e d brut i n a r rH~t i ~g tbe wcm~ , . A meeting was called o n Sund a y t o f i nd o u t t h e peop~d Jr i e v=n=e, an d to stop the pas t tro u bles of the community wit h t he security g uards, p l a y lots for our small child ren. He t ho ught th at t his thin g would come �Page 3 Minutes, Commission Hearing in Dixie Hills, VJed. , June 21st about eventually , even i f Mr. Carmicha e l did not come into the area. MRS. ALBERT FORD stated that these problems were here before this thing happen. She felt th a t the City transit gave good bus s ervice in the area. A bus comes in here every five minutes, and during the Xmas holidays, one came about every minute. The police brutality is not wanted in the area. The community decided that they will not shop at the store (Dixie Hill Store). She stated that, " We are not violent people", if some of the polic e is t a ken from the area, the people could go back to their normal way of living. Shes ys that she realize that a lot of people do not have respect for the law, but this comes from the brutality from the policemen • .•!KIE J ORDAN said that the people held a meeting that night, ( Mo nday) \v e called this meeting to he a r from t r1 e people their complaints. A commun i ty pr eacher made arrange ments as to where this meeting was to be held. Their complaints were as follo ws: (l) work, (2) the stores in the Center , (3) EDA, the y a 1e not helping the people with their problems, (4) Poor Sewage, (5) Play lots, and recreation are not doing what could be done with the apartment. We would like someone from the Cit 2 to guard this area as a re gular beat, someone who kno ws everyone. And the y should take a human-r e lations cour s e, similar to the one given in colleges. Then the ~ would know ho w to handle these people. Also EDA do not sho w to much in t erest to the people in the area, and are not r e ally giving a ssistance to them. The counselors do not take interest. MRS. ALBERT FORD: Police brutality is dr aw in g attention from the people . JER RY CAR LTON: The police a re not pr otect i ng the people , and they should be gotten out . He stated further that he saw the little boy who was shot , in the hospital, and tha t the kid wants to ki ll e very cop that comes i nto his s ig ht -- th a t this is the reaction a small c hild has f r om such br utal i ty - - - and that he is too young to think like that but the police a r e te achi ng hi this wa y because of the wa y they tr ea t people . The s ecu r ity guards are given a gun and a bad ge and that is th eir l i cense t o ki ll , or haras s an ~one th ey wa nt . Q. V. LJ ! LLI AN SON: "Th e on ly t hi n g the polic e a re t he re f or i s t o pro tec t l ife a nd prope r ty. If th e y ar e ta ken out now 1rJ hat wi ll hap pe n "? J OH1 JN Y BILLII\IGS LAY: "This c omm un ity onc e ha d a but t he city too k him a wa y, a nd ga ve us a no ther bully e ve ryo ne . He wa s rem ove d a ft er he s ho t a and the grill hir e d a Sec urit y Gua r d • The ma n Mr. Collier". 1 f ellow who was rea l nice , pe r son here who tri e d to ma n here . Then t he s tore who e veryon e liked was CH AIR ll-iAN: " Could this man be brought back to help us ~-.1 ith the pe a r .~'=' . a nd t he ir pro b l e ms"? 3 IL LING SLAY: " The on ly thing we want here is 'p eace '"· ._.YA RLES \iJEBSTE R, AFSC: " Cha irma n , I a yr ee with Mr . Billi11 ·_~ :o l a !, ~. ,,.-_; ' ·1 c, Carlton. Thi s c ommunity needs s omeon e who t he pe opJ. ·-i " ' ···' -:-;. :.1 -~:-,_",Js t." �Page 4 Minutes, Commissi9n Hearing in Dixie Hills lved., June 21st C. '. ! . Sr-1ITH: " ~Je have a number of complaints". He works 1-Ji th EDA as Area Block Chairman of their lighting committee. He states that they had a number of complaints, in addition to the other complaints, is proper lighting in the area. This complaint has been brought up before the proper auth o rities, but nothing has yet been done about it. VIRGINIA JACKS ON : Jorks with And Grson School's PTA, and talk to the boys in the area. The people here feel that the people with the EDA are better than them, the way they are treated. Since most of these people are not high-school graduates, they (EDA) in counselling them should tell these kids, not to expect to make a lot of money on the jobs that they are sent out on. Some of them have got ten into the training program, but this makes them frus tra ted, because if they have families, the salary they are given are not enough. The counselors should le t th e m know what is to be expected. HELEN BULLARD: "Some people will not res pect the policemen if the childre n are told that the policemen go about and beat up the people. What could be done about this"? VIRGI NIA JACKSON: "My suggestion is, as I tell my children, (and I have five) that whenever a polic e man urders y ou to do something, do it. If you are arrest ed go with them peacefully, wheter you are wrong or right. Then t his is when you exercise y .. ur ri g h ·cs by hiring a lawyer". CH/\ IR hA N: "If the City remov es the policemen from the a rea, will it make this area le s s disturbed"? VIRG W I A J ACKS ON: " 1Je don't ne e d anyone here, who cannot get order. The policeme n are causing di sorder." ~JILLIE GLAZE: " Some of the peo p le in the area feel that the people wh o the cops s hot ar~ eit her th , ;·i r frie nd ur relative". CHARLES B. HAR T: As ked what wo uld their re acti ,ns b e if Mr. Carmichael came back i nt o t h e area, o nc e the policemen are removed. Wo ld they be able to g uaran t ee anyone th at they wo uld not be motivated by his speec h es and riot aga in ? He also sta t ed that he is a volunteer worker wit h EDA, as an area r - p r e s e ntative, and that about thr e e months ago t hey expressed a desire f or a 11 good Guy 11 to p a :t r ol this area. \;Je h a v e not had f ul l cooperation with the community working with EOA. We h a d also tried to get the Cit y to c uild two playlots for our children. Mr. Hart is to submit a written report to t he committee on these e ff or+, s. 1 The me e ting wa s adjourned at 6:30 P . M. , in o rder to me et with th e Mayor a t Ci t y Ha ll . �July 18, 1967 Reverend C . E . Maddox 251 Tye Street, S . E . Atlan , Georgia Dear R verend Maddox: Mr . Irving Kaler, Chairman of the Community Relations Com.mis ion, advised ine that you were re pon ible for arranging the meeting for the Conunis ion and the citizen in yo\11" area on Monday evening, July 10th. On behalf of the Community Re tion. Commi sion, we ould like to thank you for your as is tance in tbi matter. Sincerely your , Ivan Allen, Jr. ayor IAJr/br CC: Mr. Irving Kaler �ESTA BLISHED BY THE MAYOR AND THE BOA RD OF ALDERMEN, NOVEMBER, 1988 1203 CITY H A LL, A TLANTA GEORGIA 30303 MR. IRVING K . KALER, TELEPHONE 5U -U63 EXT. 433 Chairman T HE H ONORABLE S AM MASSELL, JR ., Ex-Officio July 17, 1967 (Dictated July 15, 1967) President, Board of A ldermen COMMISSION MEMBERS MR. T . M . ALEXANDER, S R. MR. R. BYRON ATTRIDGE MRS. SARA BAKER MISS HELEN B ULLARD M R. R . J. B UTLER MR. ROBERT D OBBS MR. HAM ILTON D OUGLAS, JR, MR. C. G. E ZZARD MOST R EVEREND P AUL J . H ALLINAN Archbishop of Atlanta MR. JOSEPH HAAS MR. AL KUETTNER D R. ROBERT E. L EE MR . ROLLAND MAXWELL MR. F. W.' PATTERS ON R ABBI JACOB M. ROTHSCHILD Mrs. Eliza K. Paschall Ex ecutive Director Community Relations Commission 1203 City Hall Atlanta, Georgia 30303 MR . M. 0 . "Buzz" RYAN MR. JACK SELLS MRS. MARY STEPHENS T HE REVEREN D SAMUEL WILLIAMS K. p ASCHALL, Executive Director MRS. ELIZA Dear Eliza: Please note the attached correspondence from the Mayor's Office. It is quite clear that he wants us to send the letter of appreciation. I concur that this should be done promptly and , therefore, would appreciate your sending a letter of appreciation over my signature as Chairman to Reverend C. E. Maddox. Yoc;:_:_~nc:rel:, / {_~ I r ving K. Kaler Chair man IKK:rjg Enclosur es �L CITY OF .A:.. L AN CITY HALL July 19, 1967 ATLANTA, GA. 30303 Tel. 522-4463 Area Code 404 IVAN ALLEN, JR., MAYOR R. EARL LANDERS, Administrative Assistant MRS. ANN M. MOSES, Executive Secretary DAN E. SWEAT, JR., Director of Governmental Liaison MEMORANDUM To: Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr. From: Dan Sweat ..Pf7~ . . r 0D Subj ect: Eliza Paschall Attached is correspondence between Mrs. Eliza Paschall of the Community Relations Commission and Duane Beck of the Community Council. I hesitate to register a complaint about Mrs. Paschall Is action as recognized in the attached correspondence for fear that I might be getting the reputation of being anti Community Relations Commission or that I have some adverse personal feelings against Mrs . Paschall, but here again is an example which raises a basic issue concerning the role of th e Community .Relations Commi ssion and its r e lation s hip to th e established local government author ity which I feel must be resolved for the good of e veryone in the City of Atlanta. As you know, this office has b een involve d since its creation in assisting in the d eve lopment of recreation programs and -facilitie s for the City of A tlanta. This summer's program is the most comprehensive ever carried out in the City of Atlanta and is a r esult of very close cooperation and coordination by the City through the Atlanta Youth C ouncil with various publi c and private age ncies . . . · ' �"" ..-,. Mayor Allen Page Two July 19, 1967 I mentioned to you a few days ago that we were now in a position to be able to develop a year-round program with emphasis on summer recreation and that many groups have pledged their co ope ration. We have taken steps in that direction. Now, I find that Mrs. Paschall has enter·e d this area without any communication with this office and is attempting to assume the responsibilities of the Atlanta Youth Council and Parks and Recreation Department in thfs area. I think Mr. Beck's answer to Mrs. Paschall indicates that the Community Council is aware of the role of the Mayor's Office, the City Recreation Department, the Community Chest, EOA, and the schools, as well as the Atlanta Youth Council, which is the agency we have agreed would spearhead development of youth and juvenile delinquency programs. The main point I would like to make is that.the Community Relations Commission, which has an office in City Hall, should find out what the City is doing before initiating action which tends to cause confusion, overlapping and duplication . " .I wish that an explicit definition of the role of the Community Relations Commission could be drawn which would let all of us know exactly what the responsibilities of that organization are. I think this is a must if we are to expect harmonious· relationships between the Commission, the City Government, and other public and private groups. _')_ DS:fy cc : Mr . Earl Landers ..·- �L · ., ,.- s P . F U ; ,N 1s s . - :... J\L~. .-.: ..- : lDER . Clw ir111a11 of the Board af Dir,,.-rors l 'icr Chairman rlHO0 i " 5 L . P~RDUE. Sccrt..'/Ury 1 c: .~ L ~ :y;/A Y . .·f.t.H,ci~tc Sccrc~ury r. Trc:·aJurcr r.- ADG ::::  ; zE 01-..!E THOUSAl\!D GLEN N BUILDING, 120 MARIETTA s·: .. \ \' . i 3 =.:c K . ExC'cutii·c Director -~ T LA.NTA, GEORGIA 30303 TELEPHONE 577-2250 July 17, 1967 Mrs. Eliza K. Paschall Executive Director Community Relations Commission 1203 City Hall Atlanta, Georgia 30303 Dear Eliza: I have talked with seve r a l people about your letter dated July 5, 1967, addressed to th e Community Council from your organization. They all agree that t he city of Atlanta needs a comprehensive year-round recreation plan a nd Mr. Allison from EOA, Mr. Cox from the Atlant a Youth Council, and Mr . Delius from the City Recreati on Departme nt h a ve agreed that we_ s hould get together to discuss how such a plan could be devel ope d. "' We are in agreement that the primary agencies which would have respons ibility for plann i ng a nd implementing the plan should come together first. Therefore, we are not in agreement with your recommendation that we convene a meeting of representatives o f a ll recreation facilities at the present time. We feel that the smaller group should figure out how a plan could be developed and how it might be financed before we b ring together the groups who provide many of the di rect servic es in recreation. Mr. Cox and I are very much interes t ed in convening a meeting of the primary groups in which we would discuss how such a pl anning process could proceed for the city. Both of our organizations have information at the present time which i s pertinent to proceeding with a planning process. The Economic Opportuni t y of Atlanta also has information and I thi nk the time is r ipe for us to proceed. I· �2. We hav_e not set a date for such a meeting but will within the next few days after I have a chance to confer with Mr. Furniss, the · chairman of our Board of Dire ctors. We would propose at that time to invite a representative of your organization, the ~ity Recreation Department, the Community Chest, EOA, the Mayor's Office and the community school program. Please let me know your thoughts on the matter. Best regards. Sincerely, 0 Duane W. Beck Executive Director DWB:j cc: ., Mr. William W. Allison Mr. John Cox Mr. Jack Delius Mr, James P, Furniss Mr. Joseph Haas Mr. Richa rd C. Hicks Mr. Irving K. Kaler Mr. Al Koth Mr. Jack Schmitt Mr. Dan E. Sweat, Jr. ~ Mr. William Terry Mrs. Inez B. Tillison .~. '- ' �......_ ,~ ~OMMUNITY RELA'I'IONS COMMISSION ESTABLISHED L'Y THE MAYOR AND THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN, NOVEMBER, 1i66 1103 CITY HALL, ATLANT,l GEORGIA 30303 IIH. !R\'1:-:G K. KALER, Chairman TH£ HONORABLE SA)C MA SS ELL, JR. , Ex-Officio l'rc,idcnt, Board of Aldermen July 5, 1967 CO MMI S SIOZ- M E MBERS IIH. T. M. ALEXANDER, SR. llH. R. nYRON ATTRIDG& ~!Rs. S• RA BAKER H ELEN BULLARD ,!rss ~R. R . J. BUTLER MR. ROBERT Doses llIR. HA)ClLTON DoUGLAB, JR. '>!R. C. G. EZZARD MOST R EVEREND PAUL J. HALI.INAN Archb ishop of Atlanta. MR. JOSEPH HAAS ll!R. AL KUETTNER DR. ROB ERT E . L EE MR. ROLLAND l\!AXWELL MR. F. W:PATTERSON Mr. Duane Beck Executive Director \ The Community Council of the Atlanta Area, Inc. Glenn Building Atlanta, Geo rgia / ___ Dear M ~ : - - RABBI JACOB l\!. ROTHSCHILD MR. M . 0. "Buzz" RYAN MR. JACK• S ELLS MRS. MARY STEPHENS Tl-161 REVEREND SAMUEL WILLIAMS K. PASCHALL, E:recutive Director MRS. ELIZA Early last week I had some c onversation with Mrs. Tillison on the subject of the Community Council co nvening a meeting of youth-serving agencies of Th e Permanent Conferenc e . Our o r iginal interes t was specifically the Boul§va rd area , but by the time we got around to expressing it, the ne e d for services throughou t the city had become more apparent than ever. She suggeste d that such a req ue st be made to the Youth Council, in view of their coordination o f s ummer programs. At the meeting o f the Commission , however, on June 23, upon motion of Mr. Jo seph Ha as , the Commis s ion voted t o request the Commanity Council jointly with the Community Rela tions Commission to convene 11 a convoca ti on of repre senta tives of all recreational facilities, · fJU_blic and private•r; ( Clric:1ucl:Cn9- ·repre·s-en-fative s -~r--r~·;:TiviciuaT..Efiu·i"cti-9roup~0tal_J_1 o explore .-E~-~~Rr.1?.h.1?.r:i.s.i-_~~ y_e_cl_l:_--~~_un_d _£ec.~ ea_ti1~:in . er-99}.?_1 11~-~- to insure t~~ _r~-~~Y-~~s adequ ate for s uch a permanent program. - ---- -·· -- - ·- ----- .. ·- - -... __.,. __ --- ----·---~ The Rec reation Departme nt of the . city a nd the Youth Council would of course be inclu ded in any such me~ting and I should think ~lso in the initial discus sion a nd plannin g. We shall appreciate a re spon se from the Community Council as s oon as po ss ible. Uitu K. Sincerely, ?·. ti?Jx,d,.,,..ff/ 7J}.j (Mrs.) E-liza K. Pa schall Executive Director EKP:mt cc; Mr. Irving K. Kaler Mr. Joseph Haas Mr ~ James P. Furni ss , Presiden~, Community Council �OMMUNITY RELATIONS COMMISSION ESTABLISHED BY THE MAYOR AND THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN, NOVEMBER, 1966 1209 CITY HALL, ATLANTA GEORGIA 90909 TELEPHONE 5U-4.f69 EXT. 499 July 1 3, 196 7 Th e original copi es of t he attached reports were sent to Mr . Ri c hard Fr eeman, Cha i rman of the Police Committee o f t he Board of Alde rme~ l ast mont h along with reports on vario us statements abo ut polic e ac tions i n Dixie Hills . We are i n t he proc ess now of arra nging wit h t he AC LU a nd some other community agenc i es which have expressed conc erns abo ut r e ported police activities , a n i nformal meeting i n order to co- ordinat e our conc e r ns a nd a ny r e commenda tio ns we mig ht ha ve to ma ke , rather t han havi ng eac h i ndividual gro up deal separately wi th the police committee . We hope this a rrangement will sav e us all time a nd energy , a nd will res ult i n some more cons truc tiv e ac tivity tha n simply meeting t o r eview reports wi th whic h we are already f amiliar . We did wa nt yo u t o know , however , that reports s uch as these did come t o us a nd that we are proc eedi ng alo ng t hese lines so t hat i f questions should arise a bout this be f ore we arra nge a meeting , all members of th e police committee , a nd Chief J enki ns , a nd Mayor Allen and Vice-Mayor ~assell will be fu lly i nformed . cc : Mayor I va n Allen , J r . / Vice-Mayor Sam Massell , J r . Police Chief Herbert J e nki ns Mr . Charles Le f twic h , Police Committee Mr . Q. V. Williamson, Police Committee Mr. J ac k Summers , Police Committee Sincerely , ~/; f< p~ (Mrs . l r liza K. Pasc hall Executive Direct or EKP: mt Enclosures �May 15, 1967 Mr. Baynes telephoned the office of the Community Relations Commission, Monday afternoon from the jail to ask for ass1stance. He was released Monday night and came to the office and gave this statement . CASE OF ROBERT LEE BAYNES, 53 HOUGUE STREET, N. E. Sunday, May 14th, I went to Church with my mother about 11:00 a.m. to the Israel Baptist Church ••• Became ill, soon after I got there and left. went back home by Taxi and got home about 11:50 a.m. I Sat on the iporch for about ten or fifteen minutes trying to recupexate and finally, I f elt better and went across the street to a friend's house on Auburn Ave., Amie Ros~ to visit her and some of her relatives who were here to attend a funeral that was held the previous day. I arrived at the Ross home about 12:15 p.m. and stayed until about 1:30; went home .and rested until about 4 or 5 o'clock p.m •• and prepared ~upper for myself. until abQUt 12:30 or 1:00 a.m. off. \. I had visitors about 8:00 p.m •• Got up They stayed As they left, I went out to the car to see them As I was returning to my house, two men came pass and asked for a ~igarette. I gave them a cigarette. almost ran oner us. In the meantime, the police ra~ into the corne r and They turned the corner, they jumped out the car with guns and demanded that I put my hands up. because I said so dammit ••• " of them •• • " I ask~d t hem why---the police man said, Then he, the pol i ~eman said, "I got them , both He said you came from down the street, I said no I didn't , ~e said you are a damn lie ; you did. One of the two men that asked me for a ci garette was standing across the street, the other was against the car with me with his hands up , under cover by the policeman's gun. The man that was standing across t he street came over and told the police that I was not with them and had not come up the st r eet . A cab driver drove up about tha t time and told the police that he ha d t he wrong man . I told the police , you s ee you . are about to ge t s ome bo dy killed. The polic e said Hell , anybody can mak e a mistake . now••• ,,;·· He said furthe r, yo u ca n go I walked back across the street to my house . in th e a re a--a f ew residents , a s well . A lot of pol i ce ha d gat he r e d I was s t anding on the perc h, th i s same ca b driver c ame bac k up and said tha t thi s i s _the one , re f erri ng t o me. Someone yelled from t he crowd t hat ga t hered--he must be c ra zy •• he j us t s aid that wasn't the on e •• The pol i ce t ha t had held me aga inst t he car , yell ed see I t ol d you we had him, you let the othe r ge t away--he s aid t ha t r ema rk to the other policeman. They all drew their gun s an d th e n t hey snatche d me off of my porch. said the cab driver s a id the s uspect. had on red, I had no red. to resist ••• One person I was not trying· They shoved me into the car and so I asked them if I could close -~ ! �Page 2 ROBERT LEE BAYNLs._ my door, since I lived alone. the car. One of the police said, damn the door, get into I yelled out for someone to please close my door. moved on t o my porch, I guess he closed the door. All of the police were white. They drove down Auburn Ave., and Randolph Street. driver were already there. One of the officers Additional police and the cab The cab driver said he was robbed at Auburn and Irwin. They took me out of the patrol car and the n tri~sferred me to two Negro detective's car. The Negro detective questioned me further ••••• and turn off my lights, fan, TV and close my door. I asked again if I could go They said No I could not dp that and that it was time for them to get off and that they could see about that tomorrow. In the meantime, a call came on the police radio ,t,at the people that did the robbery were going out Dekalb Avenue in a red car •• So the police took off and started chasing down Dekalb Ave. with me in the car •• the Cab Driver joined the chase in his car. He was in Checker Cab, No. 97. They drove out Dekalb pass Mason Avenue, near Decatur City line and pulled into a filling station \. and called for Car No 87 to follow them back up to Decatur Street. When they got to Butler and Decatur Street they pointed to the Cab Driver to go up to the parking lot. They pulled into the Detectives parking area. jail and had me to sit on the bench for a while. They then carried me into the Then they ordered me into a room. .. In the room, I was asked about my place of birth and education and _height and weight. I was then fingerprinted. After I was fingerprinted I was taken into a reception room to wai~ to be put in jail. I told the people in there (three white ,, qi . men and a white women) that ' I was a diabetic and that I had to eat every .four hours and they started laughing and jeering me along about now; I told them I need t o have a glass of milk. funny . They started to laugh, I told t~em it was n 1 t They ordered a wagon and said they would f end me to Grady. me not to try to · run or they would shot me. a nd they said nothing more . They t old - I t old them I had nothing t o ru n f or The Polic ewagon came and took me to Grady . They handcuffed me behind my back •• The doctors told them to bring me ba ck at 8 : 00 a.m. ,, · They t ook me back to my cell and then they t old me I could ma ke one call and that • that call must be to my lawyer, I called Cha rl es Longstreet Welt ne r and told him what hag happened. pointed on me. The jail attendant was standi ng there all the time with a gun Then·they put me in a cell •• At 8:30 a.m. I told the jail attendant that I was supposed to go to the hospital at 8:00 a.m. told me he coul d not do anything about that. The attendant I kept begging for assistance , .~ 1 ! �., page 3 ROBERT LEE BAYNES I could not stand up, unless I held onto the bars. came and took me to the doctor. Finally at 10:37 a.m. they It was ano t her 20 minutes before the doctors saw me because they kept me at the police room in t he hospital. in a heavily air conditioned room and I went into a chill. came and put blankets on me. a bed. Later the nurse ·'. ', • I The Doctor came in and told them t o put me into They gave me intravenal glucose until 3i00 p.m~ some orange juice. ., , They put me ' The nurse brought me The doctor told me to go back to jail and to eat right away, but not eat anything that I was not supposed to eat. · They brought me to the wrong floor at the jail, so I was able to use a telephone t hat .was located on that floor and I phoned the Community Relations Commission and spoke to Mrs. Paschall . It was late Monday afternoon before my appliances were turne~ off and they were turned o f f then because I called my mother and got her to turn t hem of f . . \. In t he meantime, I told them that the doctor had told me to eat ••• t he jail attendant said he didn't have any ~ ood and he could not help me. I kept asking and he started to cursing me out~ ••. I called Grady Hospital a nd told them t hem I wanted the emergency clinic and I tal~ed with the doctor and he told them about the s i tuation and the Doctor told hem (t he jail attendant) to ge t me back to Grady right away. When the attendan t f inish i d talking to the doctor, he told me I was pretty damn smart. give me some food right away~ I went back t o Grady and the doctor told t hem t o They took me back to the jail. sa i d that they didn't have any fool and sent me back to Grady. At t he ja il t hey The whi t e jai l • a tt endan t a sked me who in the hell I though t I was - --go i ng to Grady so muc h •• When I got to Grady again the Doctor told me t ha t I would die i f I di dn' t get some food . He gave me· a shot ••• They c a rried be back t o jail. I go t bac k, I went into a semi-coma . men wan ted t o s e e me . I t al ked with them . The n the y sen t me to th e cell. The y took me home . go to trial. Th e at t endant came an d told me t hat two The two men we re t he two Negro de tec t iv es who had brought me to be arrest e d at the s ta tion . of questio ns . 5hortel y after They a s ked me a series . In a f e w mi nut es t hey sent for me; Be f ore the y t oo k me home ~ hey as ked me if I wanted to go to I di dn' t kno w wh a t tria l th ey mean t an d I said no, unless I had to go. When they took me home it was about 10:30 p. m. Monday nig ht , I had had no food from Sunday afternoon until the time I wa s released ' ! �ROBERT LEE BAYNES Mr. Waltner went to the Police Station during the day, called and sent lawyers, was told Mr. Baynes was not there. ,·, / \. I I ': . 'I , -,. ,,·..:. · · ' . .. �At about 2:30 a.m. Friday, May 20, in t he ombulanc e in which I was riding we heard a police car reporting cha sing a c ar out De kalb Avenue for running a r e d light; chased th e car f or about 20 minute s, kept saying t he dar was r unning r e d ligh t s, at one point, said Trie d t o wreck us. 1he ambulanc e follo wed , b e - c a use we fi_gured they would be shoot ing or a wr eck; f ollowed the car t o Dec atur out Memorial Drive; the car wouldn't stop, drove into park on the sout h sido of Decatur, into ;wompy part of the . park; we hoard shbts and went down the creek wi·~ a stretcher. They ha d the man in the cree k, kicking him; he ha d beon bitte n by t he polic e He was dQg a nd hit ovor th e head with a s owed of f shot gun; He was handcuffe d. kicked by abou t 10 diffe r ent people , i ncludi ng tho ambula nc e drive r. There were \ a bout 30 polic e ther e by that time , includi ng lot s o f De kalb Police , who had hea r d \ . t he radio. \•Jhen we go~ th e r e , tho man was saying , " Don' t hit me again", a nd I heard s omoono say_ a bout 20 t imes "Got him, Bill". I triad t o pi c k him- ~p a nd put him on the stretc her , no ona would hel p ms . , t he other aide o f t he s t retcher ond l\laS A policeman s hoved him a nd ha fell on bitten again by the polic e dog . I got him on t he stretc her, but s om·e one dragged him off, pu s hed him dO\--m in the mud on his faco , a nd t hen made him walk to t he ambulanc e ; moro polico kicking him and cuffing him across the face . - There wero s ome s uperior officers t here and t hey triod to find a car with 2 officers s o one could ride back in the ambulance with us . ·- Fi nally, t hey found . one off-dut y policeman and he rode in the ambulance . He .,_ s hoved the man face down in the ambulance, and he climbed in• a nd kicked him. The man finall y got a bit billige rant and said "I wish I was dead", a nd the police· officer said, "Well, I'll t a ke the hand cuffs off a nd you r un, a nd I'll just fix that for you". .. When wo got to Grady, the detention officer rou~hed him up a bit more . treated at the emergency clinic . He was Usually a nybody who comes in like that ia taken to X-Ray , but before they got to X-Ray, ho was taken off to jail. ') ! Turned out the reason ho didn't stop when they saw him running the red light was that he had borrowed his friend's car without parmission. They said �I - pag e 2 it was a st6len car, and there was some talk ~f charging him with attempting to murder a police officer. He gavo hie mama to me as "Leroy McFarland, but then he gave it to the attorney as "Lou McMorris" or something like that. (A person is ~ot allowed to make a phone c all from Grady's detention ward. Some- times it is 18 hours before they get out of Grady, but the police don't let them mako a phone call.) \. . . \ �RECTJ The a ccount of an encounter with the City of Atlanta Police, May 2, 1967, by Huron W. Virden, Jr., 685 Argonne Avenue NE Tuesday Night, Apt. 10, Atlanta , Ga. At appro~imately 9 PM to 9:30 PM , May 2, 1967, I was walking south on the west s i de of Peachtree between 10th and 11th streets. I had been to the Pos t Office on 14th nd ha d parked on Peachtree a nd was going to make a telephone ca ll a t the Rexal l Drug Store. Nea r 10th Street I noticed two men in business s uits who l ooked to be in t heir thirtie s forcing an old man across to the east side of Peach• tree to a late model automobile with no obvious markings . Each of the younger men had the old man (he wa s white in maybe his early fiftie s ) by his arms and were t wisting them slightly f orc ing him a cross the stree t. The old man himself was offering no discernable resistence and looked in good condition. He carried hims e lf well. The old man was forced . into the car to the rea r seat and the other two got in the front seat and clo&ed the doors~ The first thought that entered my mind was that of citizens in a city who observe violence and do nothing to aid the victum. This situation did not look right. I cros sed the street after all three men were in the car and walked behind the car deliberately looking at the liscense plates which were ordinary Georgia, Fulton County, 1966 plates . I stepped onto the sidewalk and walked toward the front of the ca r. As I pa ssed the ~ront ca r door the man sitting next to the curb said: "He looked at the liscense plates !" I rea ched approximately the front wheel of the car a nd turned a nd looked through the front windshield in order to clearly see the faces. At this point the man sitting next to the curb jumped out of the car and said to me, "What do you want, mister?" I &aid, "What's going on here?" (Thi was · the first remark that I had -· spoken which was in response to him and ha d made no attempt to interfere.) He said, We' re the police." _I said, "Show me your badge, mis ter." We had been s tanding two or three feet apart . He immediately shoved me ca using me t o lose my balance . He showed me nothing. I turned and stumbling tried to run. He was right behind me, but I managed to get into the middle of Peachtree before he dragged me down onto the street. The other one piled on a nd I s truggled, not hitting t hem but trying t o throw them off. I began yelling, "Help ! I don't know who these two guys are . Somebody help me! " Nobody came over. In the middle of Peachtree a pair of handcuffs was gott en out and finally put on we. I was f or ced ba ck to the car, but they were ·unable to force me into the car. During this ent ire t ime I continued to yell, "Help, I don't know who these two guys are : 11 Aft er I was forced back to the car a bystander sa id, "They're the police. You're in good ha nds . " Since I did not know the bystander and -did not cons ider ha ndcuffs very good ba dges of i dent ifica tion, I continued t o yell. By this time they had fo r c ed me to the trunk of the ca r with my feet pn the ground and pressed by torso a cross the trunk. Fina lly a bys t ander, a Chinese, said, "What are you two doing to him?" and one of them said, "We !re the pol i ce." The.. Ch ine e s aid , "Then show him your ~adge ." At this point one of them for the first and only time pulled out a badge and holding it l ow, briefly fl as hed it and then put it back in his pocket. I yelled to the Chinese "Get his name and badge number." \ �2. The Chinese t hen said , "You a re in good hands, you go on with them." I was by no means assured nd continued to yell hoping that a uniformed patrol• man would show up . Fina lly a paddy wagon came screaming up and as the driver jumped out I said , " Boy, am I glad to see you." The wagon driver later said that his name was Ray . I offered no resistenc e to being pla ced in the wagon and stopped yelling. Sitting there in the wagon at 10th and Peachtree I became aware of two new faces in plain clothe who began talking to the men who had jumped me, and I Aeganwemanding their name and ba dge numbers. Finally one of them stuck his head . in the door of the wagon and sa id that his name was Metzger (or s omething roughly like that) a nd th the was superintendent of detectives. I briefly related to him the circums tances of my ob se rving the old man be ing forced across the street to an unmarked car and my , subsequent invo lvement with the other t wo men and told him, "I don't mind an hvllCHt cop, but you've got two louses out there." I later discovered I was charged with using profanity to an officer, and thia remark was the extent of my profanity. Sitting cneL~ in the wagon the old man was finally put in with me, ana he said that his name was Robert Anderaon from Decatur, Ga. I underatand that he was later booked for being drunk. Another remark that I did yell out of the wagon to the detectives and superintendent was that I was going to file charges for false arrest. We were driven to the station house in the wagon ~nd both of us got out making no fuss. The h ndcuf fs were t aken off me and I was told to sit on a bench in the station hou s e while the old man was booked. I was . told to come up to the counter which Ihdid with no comment . A patro~n with a plaster of paris mitten took my right hand and started to r ise it as if to fingerprint me. I held my hand down and said, "You can't · fingerprint me ." He said , "Oh yes we can." and bega n to twist my right arm while putting a hammerl ock around my neck with his left arm. A woman behind the counter sus tained his statement by saying, "Oh ;es they can." Another patrolman began twisting my left arm and I relaxed and s aid, "Okay." At no time did I offer any other opposit ion then simply state that they could not fingerprint me, and I held my hand down when they firs t tried to lift it. I was choked unconscious. When I came to I was led into the eievator by the patrolman with the plaster mitten plus a nother patrolman. Another pris oner was pla ced on the elevator who I think was Robert Anderson and he was a ccompanied by another officer. I think there was als o an elevator operator present. In the elevator I was beaten and kicked by the two officers with me and particularly by the officer with the plaster mitten which he used as a very e ffective weapon. When the elevator stopped I was led out and thrown to the floor and .kicked. I was told to get to my feet and directed down the hall, down which I was continua lly bea ten, especially with the pl ster mitten . The only remarks tha t I made during this course of events waa, "Stop , please, atop! I can't do anything!" I wa fina lly thrown into a barren cell and the door s hut. After what seemed to be about two hours I asked an of ficer who c ame by if I could make a phone call. He aid , "No." A little later he came by a gain and I sa id, "I want to ca ll my lawyer." He ~aid , "No ." Finally a round five o'clock in t he morning (I had my watch) the same officer came by and said , "You can make a telephone call." At this time I was a fforded an opportunity to call an ttorney and friend, Gilbert D. Spinde l, and my emp loyers L. W. Gray. Mr. Spindel ba iled me out a t approximate ly 7:30 AM, Wednesday morning. I . I �3. My face was bruised a nd bloody. I stated at the des k as I left that I thought my arm was broken. Before the officers in charge would let me out he wanted to know if I wanted to go to the hospital while still in officia l care and I said no that ! ,wanted out. Trial wa set for 3 :30PM tha t afternoon, and it was the next day Thtrsday, before I was ab le to have the arm examined and x-rayed by Dr. E0 Ladd Jones. The end of one bone on my right elbow was broken which did not require a cas t. There were five cha r ges filed against me . Since I was never given copies I c an only recall them as best I cau a ccording to memory: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Assault •nd bat tery agains t an officer Assault and battery against an officer Dis orderly conduct Violating the noise ordinance Using profanity to an officer My attorney for the hearing, Ernest Brookins, cons ulted with one of the arresting · officers, Detect i ve Ferguson, before the tria l. The other detective who initia ted the frac as did not s how up. Detective Ferguson was willing to admit tha t I probably thought I was aiding a distressed citizen and I simply stated that I did not know the two men were policemen . I do not know what .e ther consultations there might have been but Judge Jones dropped all the charges except disorderly conduct for which he fined me $15.00 and s uspended the fine . " i f My ttorney a lso conceded tha t I be fingerprinted after the trial for which I acceded. The same crew who had worked me ove r the prevous evening were there aga in. After delaying me for approximately an hour while a ttemp ts were made to dind a previous record, o f whic h there was none, I was let go. However, at the fingerprinting the man doing i t mad e ~ sets, both with the da te May 3, 1967, stamped on them •• There also seemed to be a third ca rd o f larger size than the ones made and signed by me . I could not be s ure that this third card of fingerprints was associated with me, though it could have been a se t o f fingerprints I had made at the Atlaata Pol i c e Stati on back in January or February f or a pistol permit which I received. Also in photographing me the same man who made the print s changed some of the letters or numbers on the identification plaque when going from the frontal shot to the pro= file shot. The two sets of fingerprints which I signed and the chanije in the plaque have yet to be cleared up. If one is bemused by this account of brutality, there was perhaps one contributing factor here tofore unsppken. I am a construction superintendent on residences and was dress ed in kaiki work clothes and work boots which were not altogether clean. I have found that when so attired I am sometimes given the most perfunctory consideration by store clerks, filling station attendents, and now the police. My present cour se of action is this . I do not plan to contest the settlement of the charges aga inst me nor do I pl anto f ile charges of fal se arrest . I do intend that my side of the story be clearly brought to the attention of the appropriate superiors. I want to make it clear also that it was not detective Ferguson who initiated the fracas but his partner whose name I do not know. The situation in the station house is a dif ferent mat t er . I will file f ormal charges . For tho s e who must consider this case I s ay this. The primary responsibility f or the brutality inflicted on me l ays with the men who did it and their superiors . These now are less than men. I believe that the majority of the Atlanta Police Force are men of basic h onesty , integrity, and humanity. To let such unwarranted brutality by their fellows go unchallenged would be a dis s ervice to their va lues which must be constantly striven forin a viscious world. I know too that the same of f icer s who assulted me d .sk their lives ev ery day in the line of duty. Thereis another s ource of evil here only slightly less in magnitude. Men, whether rich or poor mus t s tand accountab le f or their actions and when they do not, then they are the wor s t. But h er e we are al so faced with a p~ l i ce department, a city administr at ion, a city power structure , a bar ass ociation, newspapers, t e l ev ision s t ations, a citizenry t h at expect men to continuously risk their live s in de fense of their gr eat property for a min imum of pay. .I �COMMUNITY RELATIONS COMMISSION 1203 CITY HALL ATLANTA, GEORGIA June 13, 1967 Mr. Charles W. Parrish of 1020 Bolton Road, N. W., called the Commission office, Monday, June 12, and gave the following report of a police incident: Saturday night, June 10, at 12:15 p.m., I was stopped on the Expressway off Lee Street on Highway 20, and charged with speeding, and driving under the influence of alcohol. Five officers were involved, they handcuffed me, then all five beat and kicked me. I have bruises on my body to show this. They carried me to Grady Hospital for treatment, then to the police station. I was held there until 4 o'clock Sunday, June 11, and released. The trial was set for Monday, June 12, and then postponed until June 17th. I I . .,· ' ·' ' ..I ~ . . ,. ' · \. • .. '/•1l' : • . ;·: 1 i~ I i° • I• ,' \ ' I ' ./! . ' I/;' ,· ·. . . / I •.'1• . ' . I' i I . I 1,:, I ,/. I. I; ',=: .·, .. I i ' ':' ,, I '. �OMMUNITY RELATIONS COMMISSION ESTABLISHED BY THE MAYOR AND THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN, NOVEMBER, 1988 1£09 CITY HALL, ATLANTA GEORGIA 90909 TELEPHONE 5U-U69 EXT. 499 Jul y 6, 1967 Mr. Charles E. f rame 1056 Lena Street, N. W. Atlanta , Georgia 30314 Dear Mr . f rame : The Community Relations Commission has received your complaint , fo rward d to ua from the Mayor ' s of fice , concerni ng your diffic ulties in finding a place in a mobil e home park. We will b glad to do what we cen for you in this situation. I have contacted sev r l of the parks and foun d sev r~l vacanci a . If you will c ll m at the Commission' s office , w c n arrange tim to visit cm of th se eat bliehm nts in order to halp you eecur one of these vac ncie . Very truly yours , Norman Lill gard NL: mt cc : M yor Iv n Allen , J ~. �h 1 . NEWSLE E OMMUNITY RELATIONS COMMIS«;I:;: ESTABLISHED BY THE llUYOR AND THE BOARD OP A LDERMEN, NOVEMBER, l P55 llOI CITY RA.LL, ATLANTA GEORGIA 10101 A CITIZENS' AGENDA FIRST QUARTERLY PROGRAM REPORT Mayor Allen, in installing the members, said: "As Atlanta's neighborhoods have grown up and spread out, also they have grown apart. Despite the instantaneous speed of modern electronic communications, it has become increasingly difficult to relate the interests of various neighborhoods one with another in the rapidly changing social, cultural and economic fabric of our city. For that is the way I see Atlanta -- as a group of more than 500,000 people with the common interest of making Atlanta always a better place to live in, to do all possible to make it become America's finest city. It is in the spirit of this common i nterest that this Commission has been created -- As I wish you Godspeed in your activities. I pledge you the enthusiastic cooperation of your City Government." * * * * * * * The Community Relations Commission of the City of Atlanta inherited an unfinished agenda from an Ad Hoc Human Relations Committee, which was appointed by the Board of Aldermen in August 1966. In July 1966 a meeting had been called by "Gr.ass Roots" Community leaders to consider how Atlanta might avoid the disturbances that had erupted in other cities. (It should be noted that this was held before the disturbances in Summerhill and Boulevard, in August). A resolution was adopted at the meeting, asking the Alderman to appoint a Committee to work towards the establishment of a biracial, human relations committee for the City of Atlanta. On August 1st, the Board of Aldermen did adopt a resolution calling for the appointment of such a c ommittee, to be composed of the Chairman of the Finance, Parks, Police, Public Works I, Public Works II, Urban Renewal Policy and Zoning Committees of the Board of Aldermen, and a committee "to be selected and designated by the Atlanta Summit Conference," with the Vice-Mayor an ex-officio member. The Ordinance specified that the Cammi ttee should survey "the services and facili tiet: which are furnished in the areas of the City known as Blue Heaven, Vin e City, Mechanicsville, Summerhill, Cabbage Town and such as other areas as may be determined by the Committee and to make recommendations to the ~ayor and Board of Aldermen for the furnishing of necessary services and facilities •• which will standardize these services furnished in the above-mentioned order as with all other areas of the City." The Ordinance further authorized the Committee to "formulate and present recommendations for the Membership and formati on of a Human Re lations Commission for the City of Atlanta together with ·an estima t e d financia l statement." * * * * * * Such a Committee was appointed, and was· convened by Mayor Ivan Allen to hear reports fr om heads of major departments a bout improvements in City Ser vices into substandard areas and to take a bus tour of various s ubstanda r d and Ur ban Renewa 1 areas • At the second meeting of the Committee the advisability of inviting persons from these areas to a Public Meeting was discussed and it was agreed that such a hearing would be held to better advantage if and when there was a pe nnanent Commission with a staff to follow through on the problems brought up. And so the Committee, with the Vice-Mayor serving as chairman, turned its attention to the recommendation of the creation of a permanent biracial Community Relations Commission. �- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -- - - - - -- - - - -- - - - - -- - -- - The Ordinance establishing the Commission, which is an amendment to the City Charter was adopted on November 8, 1966. The appointments made by the Mayor, to the 20 Member Commission, were approved by the Board of Aldermen. The Organizational . Meeting was held on December 14, 1966 with speeches by Mayor Allen and Mr. John \ Feild, Director of the Community Relations Service of the u. $. Conference of Mayors. ' * * * * * * * The Commission, at its first regular meeting in January elected an Executive Director, (whose appointment was approved at the next meeting of the Board of Aldermen on February 7, 1967) and adopted as its first- Agenda the unfi~ished · business of the Ad Hoc Human Relations Committee - to hold hearings, both at City Hall and in specified neighborhoods, where Citizens might state their needs. On February 16th, an overflow crowd appeared in the "Aldermanic Chamber to speak and -to , l:isten. 11 Speakers included a member of the State Board of Family & Children's . ,Sc r'1ices, a dean of a school of Social Work, representatives fr~m a Youth Council, iJdi~idual citizens from different areas. Through April, five meetings have been held to hear from ten to twelve neighborhoods. Three or more members of the C0mmission have been assigned as a Team for each area. Information Profiles on each n~ighborhood have been prepared so Commission Members and others can better u~derstand the importance of various requests. These Profiles plus detailed minutes of each meeting provide a unique window for looking into these areas, each with unique problems reflecting its own characteristic -- phys~cal, economic, political -and yet, all together giving patterns of problems. * * * * * * * Most of the requests have concerned the most basic public services, with little reference to civil rights or discrimination. Decent housing, safe streets and sidewalks, recreation, adequate sewers and sanitary services, increased police patroling -- these are among the most frequently ment~oned items. In some areas there. are complaints from home owners about a strict code enforcement. Io others, the com:P!aints are that landlords are not required to meet standards. Throughout there is confusion and anxiety about possibilities of displacement and relocation because 0£ code enforcement, urban renewal, highways, etc. (At the request of the residents a special meeting was scheduled. about the various city plaQs in one of . the areas.) Public Housing is an area unto itself, with many questions about che actual amounts of rents and charges, but most important, questions about the authority of the manager and the lack of feeling of freedom and independence to question and complain The month to month lease ~nd the authority of the manager to evict ( and until the recent Supreme Court ruling, that without written reason) has created a situation where many tenants feel they have no recourse -- particularly in view of the cost of moving and the difficulty of finding other accomodations if one is evicted from public housing. A request to help "stabilize a neighborhood" has opened up the subject of racial patterns of housing. The Commission has collected information and insights and is now attempting to develop realistic recommendations for all the various segments of the community wh-ich are involved. In areas where few residents have cars, public transpot'tation becomes of r:mch more importance, economically and socially. The lack of streets and sidewalks, much less public transportation in many cases accounts for apparent lack of neighborhood spirit. Holes in sidewalks and dimly lit .s treets also become more important when travel is on foot. Everywhere there is a plea for recreation - places for children and young people to play, equipment, supervisors - young and old. The scarcity of parents at home makes this need especially acute. There have been many suggestions for areas in the neighborhoods suitable for recreation and play areas. Pleas for coordination of pttblic services to provide maximum use· of -- for example, use of school yards for recreation, use of public health facilities f or planned parenthood and other clinics; dovetailing of code enforcement and planning programs - has been both implicit and explicit. The inconvenience of the present dearth of information services at City Hall has also been noted and appreciation expressed for the evening hearings to register requests and complaints. Running throughout the connnents is a healthy combination of idealism - (citizens expect good pub).ic services) - and skepticism - (We 've been talking about this, :,/fnce God r.w.de men·") but above all, the feeling this C_ommunity Relations C-Ommi&sion -r.epresents just about the last chance of Getting Something Done. �And ha s Something Been Done? Some action, even if it is only an inquiry, has been t aken on every r equest that has been made. Some report has been or will be made to t he indi v idua 1. Street lights have been scheduled. Trash picked up. Some housing r,rob lems straightened out -- The . various departments of the City and other agencies have been cooperative and where possible, have complied with the requests for service. It is apparent, howe ver, that the inadequacy of services stems not so much from the insensitivity of administrative officials as from the limit of the resources pre sently available to them. * * * * * * * The function of a "Complaint Bureau" is a valid one. The function of a communication center is a valid one. These, the Commission will continue to perform. The ne x t phase, however, in its program is to move f r om the specific to the general, from the remedial to the preventive, from acting as an agent to acting as an innovator. To do this, the Co111mission plans first to meet with Heads of Departments and Agencies and to e xpand its organization in 3 di r ections. Already 12 individuals in professional positions have been invited to serve as a Technical Advisory Committee to the Director and Chairman. Advi sory Committees to the Connnission ia 12 areas will be named. These wi ll include individuals already informed and those Hho want to be informed. They will duplicate the cross section composition of the Commission and will enable the Commission to make more realistic recommendations to the Mayor and the Aldermen. The areas in which Advisory Committees are anticipated are -- Housing, Education, Employment, Poli ce and Law Enforcement, Recreation, Public Accomodations, Registration & Voting, Muni cipal Services, Welfare and Public Assistance, Social and Health Services, communications within & between Groups and Voluntary Associations. A week after the first hearing at City Hall, on citizens needs, the Commission held a second Public Rearing and invited civic organizations and agencies to describe their programs and make suggestions to the Commission~ 50 were represented and expressed support and offered their cooperation with the Commission. In each of the neighborhoods visi.ted, the Commission Team will keep in touch with various land resource people, in order to have continuous communication following up on the · hearing. With a solid background of 3 months of daily contacts with the needs of citizens and administration, the Commission is now ready to accept these offers of help and to call on interested individuals and groups to join in developing a Citizens' Agenda to carry out the following functions as described in the City Ordinance: To foster mutual understanding, tolerance, and respect among all economic, social, religious and ethnic groups in the city." "To help make it possible for each citizen, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin or ancestry, to develop his talents and abilities without limitation," "To aid in permitting the City of Atlanta to benefit from the fullest realization of its human resources." "To investigate, discourage -and seek to prevent discriminatory practices against any individual because of race, color, creed, religion, national origin or ancestry." "To attempt to act as conciliator in controversies involving human relations." ttT o cooperate in the development of educational programs dedicated to the improvement of human relations with, and to enlist the support . of, civil leaders, civic, religious, veterans, labor, indu strial, commercial and eleemosynary groups; and private agencies engaged in the inculcation of ideals of tolerance, ·mutual respect and understanding." �MEMBERS OF THE COMMISSION (Appointed by Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr., and approved by the Board of Aldermen) . Mr. T . M. Alexande r ,Sr. 521-0549 · 208 Auburn Avenue, Northeast Mr. R. Byron Attridge 525-0484 Trus t Company of Georgia Building Mrs. Sara Baker 928 Park Avenue, Southeast Mr. Rolland Maxwell 522-1300 Davison's 180 Peachtree Street, Northwest Mrs. Fred W. Patterson -; 233-1624 2959 Andrews Drive, Northwest 627-8193 Miss Helen Bullard 577-3600 Toombs, Amisano & Wells 70 Fairlie Street, Northwest Rabbi Jacob M. Rothschild 873-1731 The . Temple 1589 Peichtree Road, Northeast Mr. M. 0. "Buzz" Ryan, General Manager Marriott Motor Hotel Courtland at Cain Street 688-6500 Mr . R. J, Butler 250 Tenth Street, Northeast 524-5001 Mr. Robert Dobbs 2·455 Abner Place, Northwest 622-0919 Mr. Jack Sells 355-4311 1416 Hills Place, Northwest Mr. Hamilton Douglas, Jr. 522~2200 National Bank of Georgia Building Mrs. Mary Stephens 766~5001 2840 Dearwood Drive, Southwest Mr. Clarence G. Ezzard 627-1187 245 Atlanta Avenue, Southeast Rev. Samuel Williams 688-0206 Friendship Baptist Church 437 Mitchell Street, Southwest Mr. Joseph Haas 525-6141 First National Bank Building Archbishop Paul J. Hallinan Z33-2148 Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta _P. 0. Box 12047, Northside S~ation Executive Director 522-4463* Mrs. Eliza K. Paschall Ext. 433* Mr. Irving K. Kaler,Chai r man 525-6886 1820 Fulton National Bank Building Mr. Al Kuettner 873-3823 675 Sherwood Road, Northeast Ex-Officio Member: 87.!~-8664 Dr . Robert E. Lee Lutheran Church of the Rece e~er 731 Peachtree Street, Nor theast 521-1694 Mr. Sam Massell, Jr. Vice Mayor, City of Atlanta 40 ~ryor Street, Southwest THE. ATLANTA COMMUNITY RELATIONS COMMISSION MEETS THE. FOURTH FRIDAY IN EACH MONTH AT· THE CITY HALL, 1:30 P.M., ROOM 22. MEETINGS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. COMMUNITY RELATIONS COMMISSION 1203 CITY HALL ATLANTA, GECRGIA 30303 Mr. R. Earl Landers Adm. Asst. to Mayor 68 Mitchell St., SW Atlanta, Ga. 30303 Non - Profit Organization U.S. Postage PA ID Atlanta, Georgia Permit No. 711 �OMMUNITY RELATIONS COMMISSION ESTABLISHED BY THE MAYOR AND THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN, NOVEMBER, 1966 1£03 CITY HALL, ATLANTA GEORGIA 90303 Jun 29. 1967 group inc (j x k Ill e on li J~~ n v l , J~. TELEPHONE 5U-4,f63 EXT. 433 b ur ly• ,. ) Elize I< . u iv ir ctor d to d v lop �OMMUNITY RELATION§ COMMJISSIO ESTABLISHED BY THE MAYOR AND THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN, NOVEMBER, 1g66 1!03 CITY HALL, ATLANTA GEORGIA 30303 MR. !RVING K. KALER, Chairman TELEPHONE 5U-U63 EXT. ,'33 June 28, 1967 THE HONORABLE SAll! MASSELL, JR., E:e-Officio President, Board of Aldermen COMMISSION MEMBERS MR. T. M. ALEXANDER, SR. MR. R. BYRON ATTRIDGE TO: MRS. SARA BAKER THE MAYOR AND THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN Mrss HELEN BULLARD MR. R. J. Bun.ER FROM: MR. ROBERT DOBBS MR. HAMILTON DOUGLAS, JR. MR. C. G. EZZARD MOST REVEREND PAUL J. HALLINAN Archbishop of Atlanta MR. JOSEPH HAAS MR. AL KUETTNER DR. ROBERT E. LEE MR. ROLLAND MAXWELL MR. F. W ." PATTERS ON RABBI JACOB M. ROTHSCHILD MR. M. "Buzz" RYAN MR. JACK SELLS Mas. MARY STEPHENS o. THE REvEREND SAMUEL WILLIAMS Mas. ELIZA K . PASCHALL, E:eecutive Director COMMUNITY RELATIONS COMMISSION WHEREAS, we the Atlanta Community Relations Commission, have completed the public hearings in the following areas, Summer Hill-Peoplestown, Edgewood-Kirkwood, Vine City-Lightning, Mechanicsville-Pittsburg, Northwest area, Perry Homes-Scotts Crossing, Boulevard area, Capitol Avenue area, Dixie Hills area, and two open meetings city-wide; and Whereas, these meetings have been at the request of the people who live in the area and/or community people who are concerned with wha t is happening and could happen to this City; and WHEREAS, the same thread runs through all of the communities. The complaints have no geographic priorities. In broad areas they can be listed as follows1 l. Apparent unwillingness of the City to move in areas until, as it is phrased, "the City has to". • 2. Job opportunities. 3. Inadequate garbage collection. 4. Inadequate recreation facilities, with particular emphasis on recreation facilities for teenagers and you~g adults. 5. Inadequate police patrol on one hand, and overzealousness of police in emergencies. 6. Bad housing conditions, with the attending problems of high rent, overcrowding, rats, bugs, flies, lack of garbage cans. 7. A feeli~g) tha t the poor people of Atlanta are somehow set apart from the mainstream of the life of the City and that they are as a group, ignored until they start "making things happen ." 8. The policies of the Atlanta Housing Authority, in regard to housing projects. 9. The policies of real estate people in failing to provide minimum conditions relating to health, maintenance, and rent increases; and, �[ J. -2- Resolution cont'd WHEREAS, the City is directly concerned with the first four items: l. Apparent u~willingness---to move in areas until---"the City has to"---- 2. Job opportunities. 3. Inadequate garbage collection. 4. Ina dequate recreation facilities,---- we urge that the Ma yor and the Board of Aldermen take whatever emergency measures are necessary to provide additional recreation facilities, adequate garbage collection, and preplanning in terms of next year, and that planing be a city-wide concern; and, WHEREAS, we recognize that all Departments are limited in terms of finances; and, WHEREAS, we heartily applaud the efforts of the past, we have an obligation and a concern to stress that the time to start for summer planning for 1968 is now; that citizens in all areas should know what is being proposed; a nd, WHEREAS, we believe that the other items listed need further investigation by the Commis s ion; and, WHEREAS, we believe that we can work in area s involving these problems by conferences and hea rings with the people involved; be it further ... RESOLVED, that the Atlanta Community Relations Commission goes on record as being un a lte r ably oppo s ed to mob violence; that we pass this Resolution in a n effor t to alle via te some of the caus e s, and that we underline th e philo s o phy th a t in Atla nta we should not a llow demon s t ra tions to de t e rm i ne City polic ies ; th a t we ur ge priva t e owne r s a nd rent a l agen cies to imme diately beg in f ulf illing their obliga t ions ; that we support the efforts of the Economic Opportunity Atlanta in neighborhood organizations; that we request the City Attorney to furnish the Commission with the legal obligations of priva te owners of dwelli ng s and/or a partm e nt house s; a nd th a t we a ppl a ud the e f forts of all gr oups an d individua l citize ns i n t heir e ffort s t owards maki ng Atla nt a ma intain i ts uniqu e potentia l greatn ess ; and be i t f ur ther -~RESOLV ED, that it is the pro found convict i on of the Atlanta Commun i ty Re lations Commission t ha t no city can achie ve t r ue grea tn e ss wit hout f ulfil l ing its ob l igation fo r city servi c es a nd f or c omm uni t y in volvement; and be it f urt her ~ RESOLVED, that we, as pri vate citizens of Atlanta a nd as me mbers of the Atlanta Comm unity Re l atio ns Commis sion, recog ni z e our own responsibilities and invo l vement an d . our own la te recognition of t hese problems and we urge th e involveme nt of e very responsible citizen in Atlanta in working towards a continuou s effort at the . solution of the p~oblem • . We · rec ognize the efforts of the Ma yor and the Board of Alderm en. �-3- Resolution cont'd In a sense of urgency, we call for a greater concentration of essential efforts in tangible planning and performance of city obligations, which will, we sincerely believe, have the support from all citizens of Atlanta; and be it further RESOLVED, that this is the job for all Atlanta, ·for all citizens in all sections, not just the elected officials. The above Resolution was unamiously adopted at the regular monthly meeting of the Community Relations Commission, June 23, 1967, Committee Room #2, City Hall, Atlanta, Georgia �ESTABLISHED BY Tl-IE MAYOR AND Tl-IE BOARD OF ALDERMEN, NOVEMBER, 1988 1103 CITY 1-IALL, ATLANTA GEORGIA 30303 MR. IRVING K. KALER, TELEPHONE 5U-H63 EXT. -'33 Chairman THE HONORABLE SAM MA SS ELL, JR., Ez-0.iicio President, Board of Aldermen June 2B, 1967 COMIIIISSION JIIEIIIBERS ?t!R. T. M. ALEXANDER, SR. MR. R. BYRON ATTRIDGE MRS . SARA BAKER MISS HELE N BULLARD MR. R. J . BUTLER MR. ROBERT DOBBS MR. HAMILTON DOUGLAS, JR. MR. C. G. EZZARD MOST REVEREND PAUL J. HALLINAN Archbishop of Atlanta MR. JOSEPH HAAS MR. AL KUETr NER DR. ROBERT E. LEE MR. ROLLAND MAXWELL MR. F. W : PATTERSO N TO: THE MAYOR AND BOARD OF ALDERMEN FROM: THE CO MM UNITY RELATIONS COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF ATLANTA RABBI JACOB JI!. ROTH S CHILD MR. M. 0. "Buzz" RYAN MR. JACK SELLS MRS . MARY STEPHENS THE R EVEREND SAMUEL WILLIAMS MRs. ELIZA K. PASCHALL, Ezecutiv e Director The Commission, by unanimous vote, wishes to recommend to the Mayor and Board of Aldermen that contracts of the City include an equal employment opportunity clause, and that grants of money from the City include an equal employment opportunity clause, and further, that the proper administra t ive set-up for implementing it be provided. Adopted at the regular mon t hl y meeting of the Community Relations Commission, June 23, 1967, Committee Room #2, City Hall, Atlanta, Georgia . . ~- �June Z8, 1967 Mr. C rle £ . Fr me 1056 Le Atl Street, N . W. , Georgi 30ll4 De r Mr. Fram : This '11 aclmo ledge receipt of your letter of June 26tb. We are forw rdi your letter to the Community Relation Commiaaio ith the req t that ey ttempt to ec t siatance they c lend you. Sincerely your , Ivan Alle , Jr. Mayor JAJr/br CC: Mra. Eliza Paachall, Director Comm ty Relati • Commiaaion �June 23, 1967 ajor Gene~ 1 Geor e T . Duncan Commanding Gener l Fort McPher o Georgia 30330 D r Gener. 1 Dunc This will comirm the ver I request .o f thi office to • Glenn Soder t-rom, Chief of Community Relati Branc , Third Anny lnformatio Office, for e of tw e to tr rt ty-ftve tee er to ball game at AQ4JA.kl S dium on S tur y, June 24, 1967. r me ber of the A.......,j_ Youth ial age cy in e B rd will cc _.,,,,,_ny t t e United S v nt of p eciaUo: r I s · cer ly your • Aile, Jr. CC: Mr e Eliza chall �
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  • Text: COMMUNITY RELATIONS COMMISSION 1203 CITY HALL ATLANTA, GEORGIA Staff Report on Vine City, October 22 - 23, 1967 [Reginald Carter] It was reported by Atlanta's news media and by "Word of mouth" that on Sunday, October 22, 1967, several residents of the Vine City community had been arrested. One was "beaten prior to his arrest. I met and talked with r~sidents of the community and interested persons, and learned from Mrs. Betty Holland [a resident of 675 M~gnbliaStreet, SW., JaS-2383] that the incident came as a result of some men gambling in the area of Magnolia and Sunset, were asked to move on by the police. The men responded to the police order, but they did not move out of the area when asked to "move on". Officer Phillips began to beat Mr. Patridge, and subse~uently knocked him out. Later other officers [who were whiteJ joined Officer Phillips in the beating. Mrs. _Holland felt as though the beatings were unnecessary since Mr. Partridge was hand-cuffed. Several other men were arrested on this day, giving rise to tensions. There were no further incidences on this evening. On October 23, I received word that a meeting was going to be held at the corner of Magnolia and Sunset that evening at 8:00 P.M. I visited the area th a t evening to find no formal me et ing i n process, but t hat what seemed l i ke hundreds of people gathered in the street, not to riot but to pr otest for t he blight and malt r e a tment by the pol i ce i n their community. People burned trash i n the street, br oke in and looted seve ra l ne i ghbo r hood gr oce r y stores. They sneered a t policemen and t ried their patience. Ho wever t he police, despite the acts of p r o t est, basically had the s i tuat i ons unde r con t rol. Ater the second sto r e had been br o ken i nto and looted, Sen a to r Leroy Johnson , Alde rman Q. V. ~hlliamson , a t tempted to " re s to r e order" . The c r owd ha d assembl e d on the corne r of Ma gnoli a a nd Ma ple a t t he re quest o f th e a bove ment i oned persons . Orde r was being restored a nd an appeal was be ing ma de to dispe r se . I t was at this t ime that Ca ptai n Little of t he At l a nta Po l ice Depa rtme nt came i n t o t he area with arme d policemen carryi ng ri ot gun s, etc., and orde r ed the peo ple pff tje s treet. He threate ned to arrest t hem if t hey did not obey. The people ran i n all direc tions s c reaming f rom fear of wha t ma y have developed into a shootin g melee. One ma n who was on crutches was moving t oo slowly for t he polic e me n a nd was nearly arrested. Tempers were heightened , and screams and s houts were heard such as : "They are always coming in making people get off the street" • •••• " We can't even ho l d a geaceful meeting" •• •• and "Look , they always give the wh ite pol i c emen the shot guns to kill us" . �l Page 2 V. C. Report 10-22-23-1967 The policemen forced people off the streets, out of . their yards, off of their porches and into the~r homes by threatening to arrest them. They stayed and patroled the area until early the next morning without further incidence. I talked with Mr. Agus tu s McWhort er, . [Butter ball] amd Mr. Elvester McGruder. Both these men were arrested on t he first Sunrjay. Mr. McWhorter said .he was washing clothes at the Laundermat shortly before he and the others were arrested on October 22nd. After hearing that trouble was nearby. He went to assess the situation and arrived in time to see police Officer Phillips beat Mr . Partridge whi le handcuffed. He said he went to the police departme nt to swear out a complaint. He returned to the Vine City area to complete his washing. As · he , was about to leave the Laundromat to take his clothes home, he was ordered . by a policeman to move on. Attempting to explain that . he was on his way home, Mr. Mc Whorter said he was placed under arr est for 11 f ailu ~e to move on• ~r. McG r uder also said he as on his ~ay home when he wa s stopped by s ome policemen who questione d his destina tion. Afte r he expl a ined he was on his way home the policemen sent him in an oppo~~te direction. He was subsequently arrested by other policemen for "drunkeness" and "failure to move on". Mr. McG r uder said he had not had anything at all t o drink. On 11- 7-67 the trial fo r Messers Agustus Mc Who rter [But t erbai1], an d Elvester Mc Gruder, Ma nn Jo r da n, Henry Tuck e r, Milton Harold, a nd Mr. Partridge was held i n Police Cou r t, The arresting officers were: Ruc ke r, Flagg, Phillips , Carlton and Weber. They char ged t hat Mr . Part r idge resisted a r r e st , used vile l a nguage, f ailed t o move on , a s sualte d an d o fficer a nd vi ol ated th e nois e o r di na nce~ Ag ustus McWhorter a nd Elves~er Mc Gr uder have had t heir cases held over until November 21st. The ot her men were fo und guilty ~n all counts and are now in the process of appealing thei ~ cases • . ' �
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  • Text: REQUESTS HANDED TO ATLANTA BOARD OF EDUCATION BY ATLANTA SUMMIT LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE, ET AL -ON SEPTEMBER 11, 1967 l. "A list of the entire faculty--full and part time--of the Area .Te chnical School, with courses taught, salaries paid, and the number who are Negroes 11 • 2. "A listing of the courses currently taught at the Technical School, the number enrolled, the estimated per pupil ·cost, and ,the cost of specific items of equipment; for example, compute1:s,, etc". 3. "That textbooks be supplied all classes, in all schools, for all courses which require textbooks". 4. "Pupil's schedules be ready on opening day, and textbooks be issued that first day, and no later than the third day of school 11 • 5. That a complete re-study of all textbooks presently used be made to the end of removing any and all that do not present the proper perspective on race. We ask that they be replaced with integrated textbooks 11 • 6. "If any school is 60 percent or more of a given race, the Principal of said school shall be of that race. When an Associate Principal, who is white, is assigned to a Negro school, we shall expect a Negro Associate Principal to be assigned to a white school". 7. "That local Negro banking institutions be used along with other banks as depositories of school funds. We should like a list of banks now receiving deposits of Board money". 8. "The At lanta Public Schools have never had a Negro Superi ntendent - it i s about time we had one. With approximately 60 pe r cent of the school population Negro we see no reason why t he Ch ie f Administrative should not be Negro. We are asking that by January 1, 1968, you will make a Negro fi r st Assoc i ate Sup e r int enden t of Schools . If you are wondering where such a man can be found , we suggest t hat you l ook f i r st amo ng yo ur own st a ff!!. 9. "We no te t ha t of al l the maj or de partments in t he System not one is direct e d by a Neg ro. I n a system 60 perce nt thi s is unpardonabl e . We a re a sking , t herefore , th at by J a nu a ry 1, 1968, you name three , but no les s tha n t wo, Negroe s to he ad depa rtments. In departme nts havin g a s sociat e s, we ask that a Negro be named at once to three of thes e positions". 10. 11 "The parents of the Ne gro c hildren on double session are dissatisfied. They c a nnot accept the rationale of the "extended day" when the~ know their childlren are being systematically denied equal education al opportunity. We ask that you, therefore, take immediate action to elimin ate doubl e sessions". �P_a ge 2 Requests Handed To Atlanta Board of Education by Atlanta Summit Leadership Conference, Et Al on September 11, 1967 (continued} 11. "We are asking that the rule passed last year which in effect denies freedom of speech and information to citizens desiring to appear before the Board be rescinded. We do not object to notification of a desire to appear being required of a citizen, but the denial of the right to be interrogated by Board members and to ask questions of ·the Board-with the Board responding - all of this we reject and see as denial of freedom of SP.Bech . and information". �
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Box 7, Folder 17, Document 16

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  • Text: LAW OFFICES KALER, KWSB & RUBIN FULTON NATIONAL BANK BUILDING ATLANTA. GEORGIA 30303 TELEPHONE AREA CODE 404 525-6886 October 2 , 1967 Mr . Mil ton G. l' rris Chai rman~ Finance Committee Board of Alde en,_ City of Atlant c/o Gulf Oil Corpor tion Box 7245~ Station C Atl nta , Georgl· r Mr. F rris: D We -ve pr sented to • vis our budget ry request for th c lend r year 1968 . We would very much .a ppreci•te an op• portu tty to et with ~he Fi nee C itt to o tlin in gr t r detail t e d of the Co nity Relations Commi sion for the c41.endar ye r 19.68. I expr your co I C rjg id ~ tio pprec tio i of this r que t. dv· e for �
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Box 7, Folder 17, Document 21

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  • Text: LAW OFFICES KALER, KARESH 1820 FULTON NATION A L IRVING K. KALER SANFORD R. KARESH MARTIN & RUBIN BANK BUILDING CABLE AD DRE SS: ATLANTA, GEORGIA 30303 " KKATTY" ATLANTA H . RUBIN PAUL M. M'l'LARTY, JR . TELEPHONE : FRED L . SOMERS, .JR . September 1, 1967 The Honorable Ivan Allen, J r. Mayor, City of Atlanta City Hall Atlanta, Georgia 30303 Dear Mayor Allen: I thought you would like to see the enc i rcled article published in the latest edition of THE SOUTHERN ISRAELITE . IKK:rjg Enclosure AREA CciDE 404 S2S - 6BB6 �
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  • Text: August , 1967 Mr . Homer B. Garrett 3498 Santa Fe Trail Doraville, Georgia 30040 Dear Mr . Garrett: May I ackno ledge receipt of your letter containing some very fine ugge tiona on community action. 1 m forwarding this information to the Community R lationa Commi ion it ill be most gr teful to recei the uggeationa nd give them conaider tio • Sincerely youra, Iv n Allen, Jr. ayor I Jr/br CC: Mrs. Eliza Paschall �
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Box 7, Folder 17, Document 36

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  • Text: OMMUNITY RELATIONS COMMISSION ESTABLISHED BY THE MAYOR AND THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN, NOVEMBER, 1968 t!!Oj MR. IRVING CITY HALL, ATLANTA GEORGIA jQjOj TELEPHONE 5H4f6j EXT. -'jj K. KALER, Chairman THE HONORABLE SAM MASSELL, JR ., Ez-Offi,cio President, Board of Aldermen Jul y 25, 1967 COMMISSION MEMBERS MR. T. M. ALEXANDER, SR. MR. R . BYRON ATTRIDGE MRs . SARA BAKER Miss HELEN B ULLARD MR. R. J. BUTLER MR. ROBERT DOBBS MR. HAMILTON DOUGLAS, JR. MR . C. G. EZZARD MOST R EVEREND PAUL J. HALLINAN Archbishop of Atlanta MR. MR. DR . MR. JOSEPH H AAS AL KUETTNER R0BimT E. LEE R OLLAND MAXWELL MR . F. W : PATTERSON RAB BI JACOB M. ROTHSCHILD MR . M. 0. "Buzz" RYAN MR. JACK SELLS The Honorable Ivan Allen , Jr. May or, City o f At lan ta City Hall At l anta, Ge orgia MRs. MARY STEPHENS THE REVEREND SA MUEL WILLIAMS Dear May or Al len: MRs. ELIZA K. PASCHALL, E zecutive Director In resp o nse t o y ou r le tter requesting t hat we assist Mr. Charles Frame in bis e ff orts t o find a place t o lo cate his trai le r home , Mr. No rman Lille gard contac t ed Mr. Frame and made the f ollo win g attempts t o help him. Mr. Frame was intere sted in a loc ati o n in the s ou th o r s ou thwest sect ion o f the cit y, and s o Mr. Lil l egard visited tw o par ks o n Bankhead Highway and tw o o n Steward Avenue. Accordi ng t o Mr. Frame, he had been t ol d severa l times dur i ng the past year that he could get a place at o ne o f the parks, but had never he ard fr o m them. The other o ne on BankHead Avenue had t old him that the y did no t serve Ne groe s. Mr. Lillegard was told that there were n o va c ancies at either of these place s when he ca ll ed wi thout identify ing bimse l f. Mr. Li ll egard and Mr. Frame visited several parks on Steward Avenue and attempted t o make an app lic ati on at two wh ich had vacancies. At one o f these, Mr. Lillegard was t old that they did have vacan cie s, but when i t became ap paren t that it was Mr. Frame that wanted the place , they were told that it was not ready f o r occupanc y. Bo th of these parks o n Steward Avenue t oo k applications but both pointed ou t that they did not accept unmarried pers o ns, and Mr. Frame because of th i s would be ine li gib l e. Mr. Li lle gard is keeping in t ouch with Mr. Frame and we will let y ou kn ow of any future developments. S ince rely , )/ ; (Mrso~i za K. Paschall Ex ecutive Director EKP: mt �
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Box 7, Folder 17, Document 41

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  • Text: L CITY OF .A:.. L AN CITY HALL July 19, 1967 ATLANTA, GA. 30303 Tel. 522-4463 Area Code 404 IVAN ALLEN, JR., MAYOR R. EARL LANDERS, Administrative Assistant MRS. ANN M. MOSES, Executive Secretary DAN E. SWEAT, JR., Director of Governmental Liaison MEMORANDUM To: Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr. From: Dan Sweat ..Pf7~ . . r 0D Subj ect: Eliza Paschall Attached is correspondence between Mrs. Eliza Paschall of the Community Relations Commission and Duane Beck of the Community Council. I hesitate to register a complaint about Mrs. Paschall Is action as recognized in the attached correspondence for fear that I might be getting the reputation of being anti Community Relations Commission or that I have some adverse personal feelings against Mrs . Paschall, but here again is an example which raises a basic issue concerning the role of th e Community .Relations Commi ssion and its r e lation s hip to th e established local government author ity which I feel must be resolved for the good of e veryone in the City of Atlanta. As you know, this office has b een involve d since its creation in assisting in the d eve lopment of recreation programs and -facilitie s for the City of A tlanta. This summer's program is the most comprehensive ever carried out in the City of Atlanta and is a r esult of very close cooperation and coordination by the City through the Atlanta Youth C ouncil with various publi c and private age ncies . . . · ' �"" ..-,. Mayor Allen Page Two July 19, 1967 I mentioned to you a few days ago that we were now in a position to be able to develop a year-round program with emphasis on summer recreation and that many groups have pledged their co ope ration. We have taken steps in that direction. Now, I find that Mrs. Paschall has enter·e d this area without any communication with this office and is attempting to assume the responsibilities of the Atlanta Youth Council and Parks and Recreation Department in thfs area. I think Mr. Beck's answer to Mrs. Paschall indicates that the Community Council is aware of the role of the Mayor's Office, the City Recreation Department, the Community Chest, EOA, and the schools, as well as the Atlanta Youth Council, which is the agency we have agreed would spearhead development of youth and juvenile delinquency programs. The main point I would like to make is that.the Community Relations Commission, which has an office in City Hall, should find out what the City is doing before initiating action which tends to cause confusion, overlapping and duplication . " .I wish that an explicit definition of the role of the Community Relations Commission could be drawn which would let all of us know exactly what the responsibilities of that organization are. I think this is a must if we are to expect harmonious· relationships between the Commission, the City Government, and other public and private groups. _')_ DS:fy cc : Mr . Earl Landers ..·- �
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Box 7, Folder 17, Document 43

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  • Title: Box 7, Folder 17, Document 43
  • Text: ......_ ,~ ~OMMUNITY RELA'I'IONS COMMISSION ESTABLISHED L'Y THE MAYOR AND THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN, NOVEMBER, 1i66 1103 CITY HALL, ATLANT,l GEORGIA 30303 IIH. !R\'1:-:G K. KALER, Chairman TH£ HONORABLE SA)C MA SS ELL, JR. , Ex-Officio l'rc,idcnt, Board of Aldermen July 5, 1967 CO MMI S SIOZ- M E MBERS IIH. T. M. ALEXANDER, SR. llH. R. nYRON ATTRIDG& ~!Rs. S• RA BAKER H ELEN BULLARD ,!rss ~R. R . J. BUTLER MR. ROBERT Doses llIR. HA)ClLTON DoUGLAB, JR. '>!R. C. G. EZZARD MOST R EVEREND PAUL J. HALI.INAN Archb ishop of Atlanta. MR. JOSEPH HAAS ll!R. AL KUETTNER DR. ROB ERT E . L EE MR. ROLLAND l\!AXWELL MR. F. W:PATTERSON Mr. Duane Beck Executive Director \ The Community Council of the Atlanta Area, Inc. Glenn Building Atlanta, Geo rgia / ___ Dear M ~ : - - RABBI JACOB l\!. ROTHSCHILD MR. M . 0. "Buzz" RYAN MR. JACK• S ELLS MRS. MARY STEPHENS Tl-161 REVEREND SAMUEL WILLIAMS K. PASCHALL, E:recutive Director MRS. ELIZA Early last week I had some c onversation with Mrs. Tillison on the subject of the Community Council co nvening a meeting of youth-serving agencies of Th e Permanent Conferenc e . Our o r iginal interes t was specifically the Boul§va rd area , but by the time we got around to expressing it, the ne e d for services throughou t the city had become more apparent than ever. She suggeste d that such a req ue st be made to the Youth Council, in view of their coordination o f s ummer programs. At the meeting o f the Commission , however, on June 23, upon motion of Mr. Jo seph Ha as , the Commis s ion voted t o request the Commanity Council jointly with the Community Rela tions Commission to convene 11 a convoca ti on of repre senta tives of all recreational facilities, · fJU_blic and private•r; ( Clric:1ucl:Cn9- ·repre·s-en-fative s -~r--r~·;:TiviciuaT..Efiu·i"cti-9roup~0tal_J_1 o explore .-E~-~~Rr.1?.h.1?.r:i.s.i-_~~ y_e_cl_l:_--~~_un_d _£ec.~ ea_ti1~:in . er-99}.?_1 11~-~- to insure t~~ _r~-~~Y-~~s adequ ate for s uch a permanent program. - ---- -·· -- - ·- ----- .. ·- - -... __.,. __ --- ----·---~ The Rec reation Departme nt of the . city a nd the Youth Council would of course be inclu ded in any such me~ting and I should think ~lso in the initial discus sion a nd plannin g. We shall appreciate a re spon se from the Community Council as s oon as po ss ible. Uitu K. Sincerely, ?·. ti?Jx,d,.,,..ff/ 7J}.j (Mrs.) E-liza K. Pa schall Executive Director EKP:mt cc; Mr. Irving K. Kaler Mr. Joseph Haas Mr ~ James P. Furni ss , Presiden~, Community Council �
  • Tags: Box 7, Box 7 Folder 17, Folder topic: Community Relations Commission | 1967
  • Record Created: April 18, 2017
  • Record Updated: December 29, 2017