Box 3, Folder 11, Document 10

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Box 3, Folder 11, Document 10

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Southeast Regional Office
730 Peachtree Street, N.E.
Atlanta, Georgia
Phone: 526-3194
NEWS for immediate release
Twelve community leaders,four newspapers, a television station and the
Atlanta Chamber of Commerce were among the first to receive the recently
established Urban Service Award of the Office of Economic Opportunity,
Sargent Shriver, Director of OEO, has announced.
This honor is for those i ndividuals and organi zations "whose dedicated
effort s to allevi at e the pr oblems of t he poor in Americ a 's citie s have helped
create a better life for our citizens," according to the award.
The individuals included: in Atlanta, Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr.,
Boisfeuillet Jones , Dr. ·Vi vian Henderson, Wi lliam W. Allis on, Dr. William Holmes Bord,
Dan Sweat, Mrs Earl Metzger, Jr., Mrs Mattie Ansley and the late Charles O. Emmerich;
. in Athens, Judge James Barrow; in Augusta, the Reverend E. 0. Waldron; and in
Columbus , Virg\ nia Barfield.
In additi on t o the above individual s , citations also wer e made t o t he Atl anta
Constitution , the Atlant a J ournal, t el evi si on station WSB and the Atla.Dta Chamber
of Commerce; and the Athens Ba.Dner-Herald and Daily News in Athens.
Mayor Al len was cited for his dynamic l eadership of a progressive city during time s, while Bill Allison and Dan Sweat were both cited for their s ervice
to Economic Opportunity Atl anta and to the city government and the citi zens of
the Atlanta area.
Mr. Jones , who has s erved as Chairman of the Board of Economic Opportunity
Atlanta; I nc ., was cited f or his numerous civi c contributions and f or his
particular support of the War on Poverty.
Mrs . Metzger was named for her service wi th the special task force assisting
EOA in its programs around Atl ant a , particul arl y in the Head Start Programs .
Dr. Henderson was cited for his service to t he community at large and the
involvement of Clark College in poverty programs .
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Dr. Borders was named for his long leadership in Atlanta and especially
for the self-help projects which he has headed in poverty communities.
Mrs. Ansley has worked diligently in creating interest in resident
participation since the beginning of ,the War on Poverty in her neighborhood; her
most recent activity has been to spearhead the target area elections for low
income area representation to the Neighborhood Advisory Committee.
Mr. Emmerich launched, was the first Director of Economic Opportunity Atlanta.
He worked tirelessly from the time O,EO programs were first started in Atlanta until
his untimely death; in a very real ~ense , he gave his life in the War on Poverty.
Judge Barrow has been active in the operation of the Athens Community High
Schoo l and adult education program financed through grants made from OEO.
Reverend Waldron has been extreme ly active i n the development of the Community
Action Agency in Augusta, Georgia.
He worked diligently in uniting the community,
as well as interpreting the concept of Community Action to the point that the total
community became concerned over the need to activate a program for the impoverished
of Richmond County and Augusta , Georgia.
Mrs. Barfield should be commended for her outstanding work in accomplishing
the coordination of local resources in the establishment of the MIND Center at
Columbus, Georgia, which is an adult education vehicle designed to take low-income
persons with less than an eighth·grade education and upgrade them educationally
two to four grade levels in eight to ten weeks .
In presenting these Urban Service Awards, Sargent Shriver said,
most difficult challenge is in the city, and you met it by working in the ci ty to
help improve the quality of urban life.
Awards can never repay you for 'this unselfish
dedication to the welfare of your fellow man, but they do affirm our· deep appreciation for your work in behalf of the poor. 11
Dr. Ralph A. Phe lps, Jr., Southeast Regional Director of OEO in Atlanta, said
that all of the honorees were nominated by OEO 1 s Regional Office on the basis of
their efforts to help the poor in their own communities.
Awards went to War on
Poverty Agenc ies, workers, volunteers and supporters in over 300 American cities.

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