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BIRMINGHAM: Fair to partly clom~y
VOL. .99- NO. 48
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Alabama's 'Good IHlorning' Neiv.spaper
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BIRMIN GHAM, M ON DAY, MAY 5, 1969
ALABAl\IA: Partly cloudy, warm
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· .ED TOR'S NOTE: A Citi· would he forwarded to mayor, during a time or serious racial cy of city government to work
zcns Task Force has callee! on city council or · department tension or other eme rge:1cy exclusively in areas of disMayo r Geo rge Scibcls .Jr. to heads . Birmingham's neigh- situation, the· c:en le r i's ready crimina tion a nd community
u;;point a st ,w!ling comnuttcc hor cities of New Orleans .~nd to give out accurate inform a - r e];.1tio ns. _
rf six mcn:hcrs and a chair- Allanta have such a p rogram tion about what is rea lly
Mayo r Ivan Alle n Jr. and
oilier city officials met logcthma n to hold evcni1g 1 l('ctin~s a lready ln operation . This iS · happening.
The Rumor Control Center ('r in planning s~ssions. A
In ri ty hall 111 licar .Hobkms tl e first of two articles con11' B irmi l " 'iam citizens and to cerning the functions and sue· is a creature of the Atlanta majorily vote of th e aldermen
n e l a ti o n s fo r adoptio n of an ordinance
,altl pu hl'e i1eari11 g~ on suh- cess of those groups in thOs e Community
Commission, an organizal io n establishing
a
Comm unity
cd s a Tt' dir g ia r;;c ;;roups. cities.
that has been on. the job since . Relations Commission was fol, a lysis of p roblems hro:,;;ilt


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o the c,·cning city l:all mect- BY LILLIAN FOSCUE VANN , November, 1966 . A group of lowed by approval of the
Dial 524-3261 in Atlanta and · ·"grass-roots" citizens from mayor.
,1~s and rqiorts on p 1JJI1c
The first budget was $2j,QQ0.
1rarings :1:1d ·' in tlcpl h" you have call ed the Rumo r · Soulheasl All anla saw the
.udies and rrt:t•m m·11cl,11..ons Control Center. In operalion need to have an official agen- This year with a staff of six,
Rev. Sa muel W. Williams,
pastor of Friendship Baptist
and, with the late D r. Marlin
Luther King, one of the foun ders of the Southern Christian
Leadership Conference. The
Rev . Williams is also professor and cha irma n of the
Depar1ment of Philosophy and
Reli gion, l\'Ioreho use College.
" We do r.o t ha ve too serious
a generation gap in Atlanta,"
said the chairma n, "but the
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the budge t is $50,000 . The
chai rman is ·black and seven
others of the 20 com.mission
members are· black.
Vc1 rious segments of the
community are represented
on the commission, whose
m embers a rc appointed by lhe
mayor· and approved by the
board
of
aldermen . The
clergy, labor, business and
U1e poor all have voices on
the commission. Women too
hold places on the commission.
munity with a report of positive a ction an d whatever results ha ve come about as a
A staff of six people is
result of th e first meeting's
headed by Executive Director
complain ts an d suggestions.
Nat Welch, former AlabamThe com mission makes an ·
ian . Offices are in Cit y Hall
annua l report to the ma yor,
where the com mission holds a
but forwurds r ecommendapublic meeting once a month
tions · to ci ty official s on
at which citizens are invited
whatever issues being i1p:estito speak. Town· Hall meetings
ga ted by the commission.
are held r eg ula rly throu ghou t .
"We have · been able t,:i
the city by the comm ission .
m aintain a pretty good diaThirty days later the com- logue in Atlanta." said the
m ission re turns to the· com- commission Chairman,
the

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