Box 1, Folder 14, Document 49

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Box 1, Folder 14, Document 49

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CITY OF ATLANTA
8 August 1969
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Memorandum Rcga~d i ng Di scrimination Agai nst Black Firemen Of Atl anta
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Mayor I van Allen, Choirman Board of Firemas te rs-, Ai de rma-n_,__Wm. :. T•
Knight and Atl anta Fire Chief Paul O. Wi l liams
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Bl ack Firemen of Atlanta
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The Black fir efighter s o f Atlan t a ar e dedica t ed municipal emplo{ee ~, .
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conc ern ed with the s af ety an d wel f are of ou r city and all of its citizens : · .
Durin g t he years of our ten ure a s firemen we hav e been subjected to dis- ·-I
crimina tion and abuse s a s outli ne d below. We request that imire diate -.
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action be taken t o co rr ec t • t hes e pr actices, and t hat on or before Mond.ay, .





August 18, 1969 that we rec ei ve a fo r mal report on your ac---t io·ns in cor~
ing the actions cited her ein :
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HIRING PRACT IC ES
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Th e ratio of Bl ack Firemen to White Firemen does not
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100 Black Firemen in a department 6f more than 900 men. Blac k--Ei=emen
that are drafted i nt o th e armed servic~s ar e replaced by _white fi r emen
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SEGREGAT ED SLEEP ING & LOCKER AO.RANGEMENTS
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Locker s and bed s of Bla ck Firemen are placed in the back or away
from the white fi remen .
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RE CREAT ION CLUB
The membersh i p was closed t he y ear Bla ck Fi r~men were hir ed in
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Land was g iven t c the club by t}e
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PROMOT I ONAL DI SCRI MI NAT ION
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Black Firemen should be includ ed in every department. Whi t _~,..J.i t.§?~ ~
r.1en wi th le ss time and experienc e are pro mot ed·-to -d;r--i -ver pos it ions. tHack
Fi r er.1 f n with 5 and 6 yea r s should be promoted to Lieutenants-;··· because the -entire officer cabinet i s mad e uo of all white officers. Most of these
off i ~g_s_h_ay___e_h_e.e.n__k\Am t o f o :r-e--e--t---h-e±r--p-r--e-juu'-:tc-e-s- on - Brack Firemen • 1,'/ e
aie--awar e of th e test f or Lieut enants , bu t in a time of an emergency men
h ave been promot ed wh ol e sale from priva t e to captains within a year , thus_
s et t ing prop er pre cedent. \'le consider this an emerge_o_cy ..beG-attSe--o--f tne
over all discrimi nation i n t he depart ment . White drivers are giving up their
pos i tions because t hey know future Lieut enants are going to be appointed by
Ch i efs. · This i s true because in the last captain's test the aides of all
th e chief s dominated the list. Some of t hese Lieutenants didn't place in
t he top 40 on t he Lieutenants list. Now they are captains .
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EXP!:R IENCE AND LE NGTH OF TI ME ON THE DEPARTMENT
Actin g officer i, ·we f eel that every Black Firemen with the time
and experienc e , equal t o any whi t e firemen, should be . given the opportunity
to be an ac!ing of f_ice:r:: This apJ?li~s to.f;;tra drivers. House d~ies
shou l d be picked acco r ding to sen1.or1. ty.
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STAtJDARD SET OF RULES FOR ALL C
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Eich shift i s opera t ed differen t, captain authority has no limit.
He f orces personal pre judices on Black Fi r emen . Transfer of ~en to other
stat ions.
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FOR CONT ACT: Fi rem an Wi 11 i am Hamer
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195 Herrn er Circ le , N. W.
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Atlanta, Ge or gia 30311 ___ _____
elephone - 79 4- 2244
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Fire Station 16 on C Shift
Telephone 523 a 5786
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