Box 7, Folder 17, Document 41

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Box 7, Folder 17, Document 41

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July 19, 1967
ATLANTA, GA. 30303
Tel. 522-4463 Area Code 404
R. EARL LANDERS, Administrative Assistant
MRS. ANN M. MOSES, Executive Secretary
DAN E. SWEAT, JR., Director of Governmental Liaison
To: Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr.
Dan Sweat

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Subj ect: Eliza Paschall
Attached is correspondence between Mrs. Eliza Paschall of
the Community Relations Commission and Duane Beck of the
Community Council.
I hesitate to register a complaint about Mrs. Paschall Is action
as recognized in the attached correspondence for fear that I
might be getting the reputation of being anti Community Relations
Commission or that I have some adverse personal feelings
against Mrs . Paschall, but here again is an example which
raises a basic issue concerning the role of th e Community
.Relations Commi ssion and its r e lation s hip to th e established
local government author ity which I feel must be resolved for
the good of e veryone in the City of Atlanta.
As you know, this office has b een involve d since its creation
in assisting in the d eve lopment of recreation programs and
-facilitie s for the City of A tlanta. This summer's program is
the most comprehensive ever carried out in the City of Atlanta
and is a r esult of very close cooperation and coordination by
the City through the Atlanta Youth C ouncil with various publi c
and private age ncies .
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Mayor Allen
Page Two
July 19, 1967
I mentioned to you a few days ago that we were now in a
position to be able to develop a year-round program with
emphasis on summer recreation and that many groups have
pledged their co ope ration. We have taken steps in that
Now, I find that Mrs. Paschall has enter·e d this area without
any communication with this office and is attempting to assume
the responsibilities of the Atlanta Youth Council and Parks
and Recreation Department in thfs area.
I think Mr. Beck's answer to Mrs. Paschall indicates that the
Community Council is aware of the role of the Mayor's Office,
the City Recreation Department, the Community Chest, EOA,
and the schools, as well as the Atlanta Youth Council, which
is the agency we have agreed would spearhead development of
youth and juvenile delinquency programs.
The main point I would like to make is that.the Community
Relations Commission, which has an office in City Hall,
should find out what the City is doing before initiating action
which tends to cause confusion, overlapping and duplication .
.I wish that an explicit definition of the role of the Community
Relations Commission could be drawn which would let all of
us know exactly what the responsibilities of that organization
are. I think this is a must if we are to expect harmonious·
relationships between the Commission, the City Government,
and other public and private groups.
cc : Mr . Earl Landers

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