Box 10, Folder 11, Document 38

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The Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, representing the business
community, deplores the recent senseless shooting of a Negro youth and calls upon the
entire community to cooperate with the Police Department in locating and bringing to
justice the guilty party or parties.

The Chamber Board abhors this act of violence in the same manner and to the
same degree that it abhors the actions of irresponsible groups which led to earlier rioting
last week.

We appreciate and support the action of Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr. in offering a
reward of $10,000 for the arrest and conviction of the guilty party or parties in the

The Chamber Board also commends most highly the efforts of the Mayor through-
out the recent disturbances. He has acted far beyond the call of duty, and at great personal
risk, in meeting head-on the racial tensions of the past week with a tremendous amount of
personal courage.

The same commendations are extended to the entire Atlanta Police Department
and the responsible leadership of the Atlanta Negro community. Our Police officers are
to be praised for their calm and courageous handling of the situation. Atlanta's fine
Negro leadership responded immediately when the incidents first were initiated last week,
and has been largely responsible for preventing what could have,even more serious out-
breaks of violence.

The Chamber Board urges all of Atlanta's citizens to act with utmost care and
concern for all of its other citizens during this period, and further, that we continue to
work together to correct our problems, effect improvement of unsatisfactory conditions

within our community, and upgrade the opportunities of all of our citizens.

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