Box 3, Folder 16, Document 28

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Box 3, Folder 16, Document 28

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July 3 , l l 9 6 9
Mr . Walter M . M itchell
F ulton County C ommissioners of R oads and Revenues
165 Central Ave nue S . W.
Atlanta, Georgia 3 0 303
Dear Mr . Mitchell :
We are now proceeding with reor g anization of the E . O . A . Board of
Directors in accordance wit h the attached memorandum which was clear ed
with the Fulton County Commissioners and Mayor of Atl anta abou t a year a go .
Originally , the Fulton County Commissioners appo inted seven board
members, the Mayor of Atlanta appoin ted seven , and the County Commissioners
and Mayor together appointed jointly a fifteenth member to sel"v~ as Chairman.
Later . under requirements of OEO , twelve elected repre entatives 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 Ful ton County , Mr . Lucy Aiken , Mr . Harold Ben on, Mr . Jessie
Hill, and Mr . John Greer will continue to serve unless Fulton County wishe
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 replaced 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
an appointee jointly of the City and County and ince there ie no longer
provi ion for a joint appointment , the Mayor a.a asked that I continue on the
Board a one of the four appointees of the City along with Rev . Joseph L . Griggs,
Mr . A.H. Sterne , and Rev. M . L . King .
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A to the other four City ppointee , Mr. Willi m L . Calloway will probably be continued on a a nominee of the Community Council of the Atlanta Are ,
Inc., Dr. John Letson will retie from the Board in recognition of a nominee
elected by the Board of Education, Mr . W. H. Montague ie cl ecea,·ed, nd Mrs.
Ann Woodward will probably be nomin ted by the Board of Educ tion as it
�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 the ir ' time and talents
to our local anti-poverty efforts . The support of the Fulton County Commissioners and the the Mayor and Aldermen of Atlanta and the wisdom of your
chpices for members of the Board have had considerable impact on development of the local program into what has been recognized nationally as one
of the be's t. We hope to merit your continued intere t and help .
Sincerely yours ,
Boi feuillet Jones
EOA Board of Directors
cc: Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr .
City of Atlanta

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