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EMILY AND ERNEST WOODRUFF FOUNDATION
SUITE 210, PEACHTREE CENTER BUILDING
230 PEACHTREE STREET, N.W.
ATLANTA, GEORGIA 30303
SNPRESIDENT mee ATT?
Mr. Walter M. Mitchell
Fulton County Commissioners of Roads and Revenues
165 Central Avenue S.W.
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Dear Mr. Mitchell:
We are now proceeding with reorganization of the E.O.A. Board of
Directors in accordance with the attached memorandum which was cleared
with the Fulton County Commissioners and Mayor of Atlanta about a year ago.
Originally, the Fulton County Commissioners appointed seven board
members, the Mayor of Atlanta appointed seven, and the County Commissioners
and Mayor together appointed jointly a fifteenth member to serve as Chairman.
Later, under requirements of OEO, twelve elected representatives of the poor
were added to the Board from respective neighborhood service center areas in
Atlanta and Fulton County. Also later, Commissioners of Gwinnett and Rock-
dale Counties each appointed two members and a third from each county was
elected by the poor.
Under the required reorganization, Fulton County and Atlanta will
each appoint four members. Of the seven members who have served as
appointees of Fulton County, Mrs. Lucy Aiken, Mr. Harold Benson, Mr. Jessie
Hill, and Mr. John Greer will continue to serve unless Fulton County wishes
to replace them now, As to the other three, Mr, Carl Plunkett and Dr. Paul
West wish to retire from the Board now and Mr. Jessie Grantham will be re-
placed by a direct nomination from the Atlanta, Georgia Labor Council AFL-CIO,
The Chairman is now elected by the Board, which position I hold. Since
I was an appointee jointly of the City and County and since there is no longer
provision for a joint appointment, the Mayor has asked that I continue on the
Board as one of the four appointees of the City along with Rev. Joseph L. Griggs,
Mr. A.H. Sterne, and Rev. M,L. King.
As to the other four City appointees, Mr. William L. Calloway will prob-
ably be continued on as a nominee of the Community Council of the Atlanta Area,
Inc., Dr. John Letgon will reti#é from the Board in recognition of a nominee
selected by the Board of Education, Mr. W.H. Montague is deceased, and Mrs.
Ann Woodward will probably be nominated by the Board of Education as its
We believe that this plan continues on the Board the Fulton County
and City of Atlanta appointees who are willing to continue, which will pro-.
vide necessary stability.
May I say that it has been a very great pleasure to work with all of your
appointees, who have contributed very generously of their time and talents
to our local anti-poverty efforts. The support of the Fulton County Commis-
sioners and the the Mayor and Aldermen of Atlanta and the wisdom of your
choices for members of the Board have had considerable impact on develop-
ment of the local program into what has been recognized nationally as one
of the best. We hope to merit your continued interest and help.
EOA Board of Directors
cc: Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr.
City of Atlanta