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ATLANTA LIFE INSURANCE GOMPANY
POST OFFICE BOX aay
ATLANTA, GEORGIA 30301 f
4 January 1967
Jesse Hitz, Jr.
: Honorable Richard H. Rich, Chairman
- Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority
808 Glenn Building
120 Marietta Street, N. W..
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
The Atlanta Summit Leadership Conference is keenly
interested in the growth and development of our great
city. As a collective leadership group of the Atlanta
Negro Community we seek as a matter of public policy and
practice, that our Negro citizens share without discrimi-
nation on account of race or color in all opportunities,
service and programs of our dynamic booming city. Specifi-
cally, as regards to MARTA, our requests and concerns are
l. We request a clear understanding and firm
commitment of non-discrimination in -employ-
ment at all levels including administration,
transit center, sub-stations and train opera-
2. In order to insure a completely desegregated
operational staff, we request an estimate of
personnel needs including job descriptions,
job qualifications and projected expected salaries
for various jobs; by the following years 1967,
1968 and 1973. (It is our desire to begin now
to alert training institutions and Negro citi-
zens of these coming employment opportunities.
We also feel that there are experienced Negro
citizens in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and
other cities with operational rapid transit who
ete interested in opportunities in our great
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Honorable Richard H. Rich
January 4, 1967
3. We desire a conference at an early date with
appropriate MARTA representatives and MARTA
General Manager H. L. Stuart with the Summit
Conference, for purposes of discussing methods
of route and sub-station selections.
4. We hope to have 100,000 Negroes eligible to
vote at the time of the proposed 1969 Bond Issue.
The Negro record of voting for progress in Atlanta
is unexcelled by no sizeable part of our electorate.
5. We note under current plans that of the 36 miles
of transit system to be opened by 1975 only 4.3
miles have been earmarked to serve the large.
Negro westside population; and this short transit
leg stopping at Hightower Road is totally un-
acceptable, inadequate and unrealistic as a west-
6. We note that the present MARTA employee staff is
all-white. As setforth in #2 above please inform
us presently of current staff needs.
Very truly yours
ATLANTA SUMMIT LEADERSHIP GONFERENCE
se Hill, Jr. Co-Chairman
Rev. Samuel W. Williams, Co-Chairman
Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr
Senator Leroy Johnson
H. Ls Stuart
L. D. Milton
Alderman Q. V. Williamson