Box 3, Folder 14, Document 70

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November 23, 1966

TO: Irving Kaler

’ FROM: Grace Hamilton

Congratulations on your new responsibility as Chairman of the
Community Relations Commission. There are opportunities ahead
and I believe that much depends upon the quality and competence
of the person selected as Executive Director. It seems to me
that a first objective might be to consider someone who has had
working experience with one of the better municipal community
relations commissions. The difficulty is that such a person
would probably require a larger salary and operating budget than
is likely to be available here as a beginning.

George Culbertson, who is presently a member of the Community
Relations Service staff, Washington, D.C. would be such a person.

He would be excellent if available, Before going to the Community
Relations Service, he was a staff member of the Pittsburgh Human
Relations Commission, He was one of the founders of NAIRO (National
Association of Intergroup Relations Officials), I understand that the
Pittsburgh operation is among the better ones.

Mr, Joe Hendricks, who is presently Dean of Men at Mercer University
in Macon, Georgia, is another person who be considered. His
origins are Talbottom, Georgia and he has an undergraduate degree

from Mercer with further graduate work somewhere, I understand that
he was invited to be the Chairman of the Georgia Civil Rights Advisory
Commission but declined, He is well acquainted with the communities
in the State, is personable and béight. He is presently the volunteer
Chairman of the Georgia Council on Human Relations. He perhaps would
be mowe able to consider the position with the salary which is avail-

A third suggestion is Paul Rilling, who is now the Director of the
Human Relations Commission in the District of Columbia. You may
remember him from his work in Atlanta 4 or 5 years ago. He served
for a while as Director of Field Services with the Southern Regional
Couneil and before that was the Director of a human relations special
project of the National Council of the Y.M.C.A., Southern Field.

Irving Kaler November 23, 1966

It occurs to me that there might be value in seeking executive direction
from someone not presently associated with any of the community relation
organizations or agencies working in the City for several reasons, In
the first place, we have an opportunity here to add additional profes-
sional leadership to the community and; secondly, the work of the
Commission will obviously require the utmost of cooperation and support
on the part of all of the existing organizations ang agencies interested
in this field of endeavor,

I pass these ideas on for whatever worth they may be. If there are
ever any ways in which I can be helpful, please call upon me.

Sincerely your friend.


BCC: Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr. and Dan Sweat

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