Box 3, Folder 14, Document 81

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DECEMBER 14, 1966

Members of the Community Relations Commission met for their organizational
meeting on Wednesday, December 14, 1966, at 2:00 p.m. in City Hall. The |
following members were present:

Mr. Irving K. Kaler, Chairman
Mr. T. M. Alexander, Sr.
Mrs. Sara Baker

Miss Helen Bullard

Dr. Cleveland Dennard

Mr. Robert Dobbs

Mr. C. G. Ezzard

Mr. A. L. Feldman

Rev. Joseph L. Griggs

Mr. Joseph Haas
Archbishop Paul J. Hallinan
Mr. Al Kuettner

Mrs. Fred Patterson

Rabbi Jacob Rothschild
Mrs. Mary Stephens

Rev. Samuel Williams

Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr. called the meeting to order and spoke briefly regarding
this newly created Commission. He expressed the City's appreciation to the
members of the Commission for their interest and willingness to serve and

to all those who have furnished leadership and have worked to see the Community
Relations Commission established. He reviewed the functions of the Commission
as designated in the charter and charged the group as to their duties and
responsibilities, He then introduced the Community Relations Commission
Chairman, Mr. Irving Kaler, and turned the meeting over to him.

Mr. Kaler thanked Mayor Allen for himself and for his fellow members for

the confidence shown in their appointments. He stated the members of the
Commission recognized the challenge and accepted it. He also stated he

felt the greatest resource of the city was its people and this Commission

seeks to reserve and develop this resource so that Atlanta can have a force

and economic climate to maintain its position of leadership. He then introduced
Vice Mayor Sam Massell, Jr., who has been so instrumental in the creation of

this Commission,

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Mr. Massell expressed his pleasure in seeing this Commission become a
reality and told the group of the earlier meetings and committees preceding
this Commission. He made the following recommendations for the Commission's

consideration as their program is established:

l. Consideration of those individuals considered for membership on the
Commission and those who have expressed interest in assisting in this
work for utilization in advisory committees or similar capacities.

2. Amass meeting with representatives of the disadvantaged neighborhoods
in an attempt to catalog the grievances in the community.

3. A conference or consulting session with the professional representatives
of the local human relations groups to benefit from their experiences

and ideas.

4. Inquire into the possibility of an Office of Economic Opportunity grant
possibly in the amount of $130, 000 to establish a fair housing center in


Mr. John Field, Director of the Community Relations Service of the U. S.
Conference of Mayors, spoke to the group regarding his experiences and
observations of the activities and undertakings of other commissions around
the country. He stated that these groups played various roles in each
community including such things as performing advisory functions for the
governing bodies, handling complaints and grievances, acting as mediators,
and reviewing and monitoring the functions of government to insure demo-
cratic participation. He then reviewed some of the methods and techniques
used by other groups. He told the members they must now decide what role
this Commission is going to play in the community. The Commission must
decide whether it is going to try to do the work itself or see that it is carried
out by another group and to what extent the Commission will participate when
other existing agencies can handle the problem. He stated the necessity is
not to displace other agencies but to work with them.

The Commission members then proceeded with their business session.
Upon motion duly made, seconded and unanimously passed the Commission

agreed to follow Roberts Rules of Order for the conduct of all meetings.

The group next considered the election of officers of the Commission. Upon

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December 14, 1966
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motions duly made, seconded and unanimously passed the following
individuals were elected as officers:
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Rev. Samuel Williams, First Vice Presitent ;
Miss Helen Bullard, Second Vice President harris om
Mrs. Fred Patterson, Secretary

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unanimously passed, it was agreed that the Executive Committee has and
is authorized to act for and on behalf of the full Commission, subject to

review of the Commission, between regularly scheduled meetings of the

A regular meeting date was discussed at this time and it was agreed that the
Executive Committee be allowed to deliberate on the selection of the meeting
date and time and report back to the Commission at the next meeting.

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a é Commission discuss the type qualifications, characteristics and
experience of the individual to fill this position, Various members gave
their opinions on this subject and Mr. Feild and Mr. Clifton Henry of the
Conference of Mayors also offered their suggestions based on their work
with other commissions. It was generally agreed it would be necessary for
the Commission to determine specifically what type program was to be
conducted before selecting the individual to fill the position as different
program emphases would require different qualifications and experience.
In an effort to expedite this Miss Bullard distributed a questionnaire regarding
the function and program content of the Commission to each member. This
questionnaire is to be returned to her for analysis and consolidation,

Mr. Kaler appointed the following temporary ad-hoc committees:

Program Committee (To make recommendations
to the Executive Committee meeting in January

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December 14, 1966
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_and thereafter to the full Commission)

Miss Helen Bullard, Chairman
Mrs. Sara Baker
Dr. Cleveland Dennard

Mr. Robert Dobbs
Rev. Joseph L. Griggs
Mr. Lucien Oliver

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make eécommendationa to the Tsieeyve Committee
meeting in January and thereafter to the full

Mr. Al Kuettner, Chairman
Mr. T. M. Alexander, Sr.
Mr. Hamilton Douglas, Jr.
Mr. C. G. Ezzard

Mr. James O. Moore

Committee to make recommendations on the

establishment of Standing €o0mmittees (To make
recommendations to the Executive Committee
meeting in February and thereafter to the full

Rabbi Jacob Rothschild, Chairman
Mr. A. L. Feldman
_ Mr. Joseph Haas
Archbishop Paul J. Hallinan
Mrs. Mary Stephens

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 4:05 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

(Miss) Faye Yarbrough
Acting Secretary

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