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December 26, 1967
Mr. Robert B . Flanagan
Executive Secretary
Atlanta Branch, NAACP
859 - 1 /2 Hunter Street, N. W.
Atlanta, Georgia
Dear Mr. Flanagan:
I want to thank you for your letter of December 8th
which I have delayed answering during the Christmas
holidays.
I thank that many of the sugge tions that you plan to
make to the NAACP are good suggestions, and I would
be intere ted in knowing what results can be obtained.
Assuring you of my cooperation, I am
Sincerely,
Ivan Allen, Jr.
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�DR . ALBERT M . DAVIS
MRS . EUNICE COOPER
DR . C . MILES SMITH
PRESIDENT
SECRETARY
TREASURER
ATLANTA BRANCH
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADV ANCEMENT OF COLORED PEOPLE
859 - 1/ 2 HUNTER STREET, N . W .
SUITE 105
ATLANTA,
GEORGIA
30314
524-8054
Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr.
Office of The Mayor
City Hall
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Dear Mayor Allen:
I sincerely believe your hands are tied on this one, but, I feel I had
letter bring it back into focus and. especially since you have expressed much concern with the Vine City problem and, what could arise during the summer months.
Last night, I was invited into this area, specifically two apartments
and what I witnessed literally brought tears to my eyes, unpainted filth;y walls,
poor lighting, and gemral deterioration in evidence throughout these dwelling
units. This is no doubt true in all of Vine City. Incidently, the rent for
one room and bath is $49.50 a month.
I could rationalize and say that the people living in this dastardly
situation should assume the landlord's responsibility, repair, and paint their
homes .. - after all, "cleanliness is mxt to Godliness, but Mayor Allen, these
people are highly religious because on these filthy walls I saw crosses and pictures of Jesus Christ. One lady informed me that she would paint her walls but
the landlord refused t provide the paint.
I know and I hope that you are aware of where the problem lies in Vine
City and other slum areas throughout this country; and that is with the building
inspectors and landlords.
When the people greeted me at their doors and through conversation
with them, I got the feeling that they were wondering just what did I really
want- "I wdn't one of them•--I had on nice clothasn--r talked different than
them•--~Everybody has discussed us, but we haventt seen any changese•
The Model Cities program is a start in the right direction, for it is
designed to make living conditions better for the underpriviledged and to upgrade
there status as well as their attitudes. However, we still have a long way to
go and as far as Vine City is concerned, we should have been there yesterday.
In the above paragraphs, I have reminded you of the problem and it is
unfair to present a ~roblem without offering a solution, therefore, I &11 going to
recommend to the President and the 11AACP Executive Board that they consider the
f llowing plan for possible implementation:
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lo An emergency fund be established to be used to provide money to
relocate these citizens to other living quarters outside of Vine City. That
private charitall>le institutions and interested citizens be asked to contribute
to this fund.
2. Conduct a survey of all private apartments and home-oimers requesting that as vacancies occur, earmark them for these people. ·
3. Provide commercial transportation for furniture removal.
4. Provide money to each family involved t0 defray the cost of the
higher rent i_n curred, for a period. of three monthso
5. Buy tents and rent trailers to house them temporarily until other
permanent facilities can be obtained.
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Buy good used furniture for those in need of it.
7. Find out, how many of these people can be temporarily housed on
military installations.
There are many more details that wi 11 have ta he worked out, however,
the above is the basic plan.
Wishing you and Mrs. Allen a very Merry Christmas and a Naw Year
of Prosperity.
I
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Sincerely your friend,
RBFscah
�Novem.ber 17, 1967
Mr. Robert B. Flanagan . /
Executive Secretary
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Atlanta Branch, NAACP
859-1 /2 Hunter Street, N. W.
Atlanta, Georgia
Dear Mr. Flanagan:
Mr. Sterrs Johnson has been in . nd out of contention
for a number of year • In reply to
veral telegram ,
I have offered to refer this matter to the City Job
Opportunity Committee or the Community Relations
Comm! ion, and have the matter completely
inve tigated again.
There is no reluctance on the part of the City to
continu · to inve tigate such matters even though they
re repetitiou •
Sincerely,
Ivan Allen, J-.r.
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be: General Woodward
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MRS . EUNICE COOPER
PRESIDENT
SECRETARY
DR . C . MILES SMITH
TREASURER
ATLANTA BRANCH
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF COLORED PEOPLE
859 - 1/2 HUNTER STREET, N . W .
SUITE 105
ATLANTA,
GEORGIA
30314
524- 8054
November 16, 1967
Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr.
Office of the Mayor
City Hall
AtlcJnta, Georgia 30303
Dear Mayor Allen:
For several years now Mr. sterrs Johnson an Ex-Air Force Veteran
has been trying to continue to serve his country in a civilian capacity.
In this connection, he has been given numerous reasons why he cannot serve
as an i nstructor on the At l anta Metropolitan Area of Civil Defense Staff.
After reviewing his records, it appears that he would be an asset to this
defense organization.
He has completed many courses of instruction in Disaster Control
conducted by the Air Force as we ll as civilian institutions. I n addition,
he has als o successfully comp leted the Di saster Control I nstructor Course
conducted at Lowry Air Force Base , Colorado.
Mr. Johnson informed me that he has discussed his plight with
you personally and I hope you are looking into this matter.
Si ncerely yours,
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�September 22, 1967
Mr. Robert Flanagan
Exec utive Sec retary
NAACP
859 - 1 /2 Hunter Street, N . E .
Atlanta. Georgia
D ar Mr. F
nagan:
Congr t\11 tions on your appointment s Exec utive
Secretary of the Atlanta Branch of the NAACP.
I am certain that you will render ble service to the
future development of this national org niz tion.
Undoubtedly. there
many problems i
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cities that bould be settled across the conf renc ta e
by repr •entative of civic o~g niz tio a furniahin
citizen leaderabip.
I ould like ve'l!J much to have the opportunity to meet
you tan arly dat
d incerely hope that you will
call on me for any information that I
y furnish.
Si c rely,
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Allen, Jr.
�LIST OF OFFICERS OF THE NAA C P
Dr. Al bert M . Davis , President
592 Waterford Road, N. W.
522-0791, Bu •
7 94- 7824, Res .
R ev. Amo O. H olme , Vice Pre ident
7 06 Center Hill Ave., N. W.
525- 5582
Mrs. Reba T . Gre enwood, 2nd V. P .
1278 Fai r Street, SW
7 58 ... 4159
Mr. W. M . Shipp, 3rd V. P .
420 Tazor Street , N. W.
522- 6865
M r • Eunice Cooper, Secretary
248 Chicam uga Ave., S. W.
753-6859
Mr • Peg y Church, As t . Secretary
1030 Wa hington H ight Tel'race, N. W.
522-5175
Dr. C. Mile Smith, Treaa\lrer
239 We t Lake Ave., N. W.
794-1266, Bua . or 755-0227
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PRESS RELEASE
Yarch .31, 1967
Dr. A. M. Davis, President
Atlanta Branch of the .NAACP
522~0791 er 524-8054
We are presently faced with the need t o publicly express our problems
t • the vast populus of Atlanta. We have tried previously to ir9n eut cur
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diffixulties
with letters and ether approaches, but to no avail.
We
refer specifically to the urgent pressing problems relative t o public
housing location and our efforts tc settle some of these problems with
the r-"ayor, the Atlanta Housing Authority and the H111using Res ources _
Cemmlttee.
Atlanta new has 9,394 public housing units (C ampletted and under
c1nstruction).
Of this number, the ge ographic l ocati on ls as follows:
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Northwest - 4~902
(43,56%)
Southwest - 3,681
(39.18%)
Southeast ~ 1,621
(17, 26%)
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Northeast ...
9,394
100%
This reveals that nearly 83 percent of all of the public housing
is l~cated en the Westside of Atlant a while there are none in existence
in the Northeast sectlcn,
This example of racial segre gation ls indeed
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This, of course, ls not as demoralizing (as bad as it is) as the
new information we have received . There ls a new project under
consideration in the Skipper Drive 1Harwell Rcad-B~nkhead Avenue area
whi ch will further saturate the already saturated area.
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In addition to this, there are other project sites under consideration which will include the same geographic area.
The NAACP has sponsored 2 Housing conferences trying very eagerly
to aid in the disposition of numerous problems relative to the
housing program.
At the :first conference we invited the Mayor,
Cecil Alexander of the Housing Resources Committee and representatives from the Atlanta Housing Authority as well as members of the
Federal Housing Administration .
as called.
The FHA representatives responded
Ma lcolm Jones, representing the Housing Resources
Committee c ame a nd helped where he could but wa s unable to re a lly
answer for the Mayor
or the Housing Authority.
Our s e cond conference repe a ted our attempt to get answers to
our que stions a s well as interpre t the attitude s a nd thinking of
the Negro population.
Aga i n, we were unsuccessful in getting
"in- per son" representation .
We, in a "las t res or t at t empt" , wr ote the Mayor a l e t ter (Sent
copies to Housing Authori ty a nd othe r ass oc i a t ed a gencies ) i nf orm,;.
ing him of our p ositi on and ma de a despera te plea f or a c onference
with him so we could better interpret these attitudes.
We wrote
the letter on March 21st and as of this da te, March 31st, we have
not been provided the courtesy of a reply.
The Negro citi zens are impatient to this "slow - to- respond"
action and when turbulence transpires every one wonders why.
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Atlanta cannot continue perpetuating the existence of ghettos.
Congestion prevents revitalization.
The housing market must be
fully open; with an ample supply of low-cost housing available
throughout the city.
Millions of Americans have been trapped
in the "seamless web" of past and present discrimination.
We all must recognize, Mayor and all other officials, that
the ghetto system itself is the root evil which inevitabl ~ denies
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basic freedom and results in physical, social and psychclogiaal
damage to the entire society.
Dispersing is essential if eradica-
tion of the ghetto is to be a reality.
The "racial strife" of last summer has been attributed to the
influence of Stokely Carmichael.
If any disturbances occur as a
result of disproportionate location of these public housing units
then we'll have to attribute this to the impurvi~u s attitude o~
Mayor Allen.
The NAACP will probably be branded as "irresponsible"now just
as all other Groups are "branded" when they dramatize the serious
proble ms prevaili ng in our community.
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if n eed b e for we fee l our obl i gation is to t he r-feg or pe ople .
Our purpos e a nd aim s t a t es :
1)
To improve th e p olitical, educ a tional, s oci a l
and economic sta tu s of mi nority groups .
2)
To eliminate racial prejudic e and
3)
To keep the public awar e of the adverse effects
of racial discriminati on.
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We must and will insist that the Federal government assume
its responsibility in insuring that the local housing authority
and all urban renewal agencies stop using public funds to entrench
snd extend segregation.
Rev. Amos O. Holmes
As a result of our concern over these serious problems, we
are requesting Mr. Weaver, Secretary of Housing and Urban
Development, to withhold all funds to public housing and Urbnn
Renewal Programs until all discrimanatory practices are eliminated
and a balanced dispersion of public housing units are accomplished.
Further, we are requesting the Secretary to withhold funds of the
Model Cities Program until Atlanta officially adopts an "open
occupancy" ordinance.
We consider city-wide planning important in the dissolution
of many problems in housing, school sites and the prevention of
"sophisticated ghettos.:
Adequate planning must include citizens
participation by law, and voter approval of any proposed plans .
Therefore, we are demanding ordinances which will structure
the kind of planning that will -meet the approval of the majority
of citizens in this city.
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A TLA NTA L IFE l N S URAN G E C O M P A N Y
POS T O F F ICE B O X 697
A TLANTA, GE O RGIA 30301
SPECIAL DELIVERY
April 4, 1967
JE S SE H ILL, J R.
ACT UARY
Honorable Ivan Allen, Jr., Mayor
City of Atlanta
City Hall
Atlanta, Georgia
Dear Mayor Allen:
This letter is written as directed by a s pecial
conference today of Summit co-chairmen. The Satuxday
morning issue of the Atlanta Constitution, Apri l l , 1967
carries the at tached article by Alex Coffin. Included in
the article ar e r eferences to an appa r ent interview with
you , list i ng t he home addres s of Dr. A. M. Davis and rema rks att ri buted to you a s follows: Davis live s at 592
Wa terf or d Drive NW, which connects wi t h Skipper Drive.
"Th a t might inf luence his position," the mayor said .
Mayo r All en consider th e ref ere nce an int oler abl e
personal "dig" or "s l ur " a ga i nst a dedicated and unselfish
leader i n our communi t y a nd a n i nsult to th e Negro community. Dr . Da vis is the pre s ident of t he At lanta Bra nch NAACP .
Th e actions and pronouncements made by Dr . Davi s regarding
discriminatory housi ng in Atlanta were de ve loped over a month
ago at all day conferences long ·before Dr. Davis had knowledge of th e prop osed Skipper Dri ve-Harwel l Road area as a
possibl e site. If you were quoted accurately and in the
correct context, we feel that you have cast an unfai r aspersion against Dr. Davis and we take exception to this "bad
taste " comment. We request that you apologize to Dr. Davis.
Very , very few of the busy professionals in our community
are willing to offer the service and leadership given by
Dr. Davis. In addition the NAACP, our oldest strongest and
most serviceable civil rights organization over the years,
is one of the major sponsors and member of the Atlanta Summit
Leadership Conference coalition .
�Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr
Atlanta, Georgia
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April 4, 1967
The issue referred to is not where Dr. Davis lives,
but the over saturation of the predominately Negro residential areas with public housing projects, which means
continued over crowding of schools, thus forcing Negro
children on double and triple sessions and built in school
segregation in the future. The city of Atlanta must face
up to providing housing for "human beings" and not housing
for Negroes, and housing for whites as is the case now.
The Summit Conference supports the Housing Program of
the NAACP. We hope that our relations with you, the fine
leadership you have given our city and the cooperation you
have given our community will not be damaged at this time.
We cannot over emphasize that Dr. Davis did not ict as
an individual, he is the elected leader of la r gest paid
membership civil rights or civic organization in Atlanta,
and we insist that he is respected accordingly . He is acting with a mandate of citizens and leaders.
Very truly yours,
THE ATLANTA SUMMIT LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
Je e Hill, Jr., Co-Chairman
Ald. Q. V. Williamson, Co-Chairman
Rev. S. W. Williams, Co - Chai r man
�April 3, 1967
Dr. Albert M . Davis
President
Atlanta Branch
NAACP
859 - 1/2 Hunter Street, N. W.,
Atlanta, Georgia
Dear Dr. Davis :
1 regret to note that the newspapers quote you as
having said that you had not received my 1'etter
of March 23rd which was inailed the ea.me day in
reply to your letter of Ma rch 21st.
I am enclo ing copy of the letter, and, ag in,,
urge you to get all of the, facts. Again, I off r to
see you whenever you wi h to see m •
Sincerely,
Ivan Allen , Jr.
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DR . C . MILES SM ITH
TREASURER
A TLANTA BRANCH
NATIONA L ASSOCIATION F O R THE ADVANCEMENT OF COLORED PEOPLE
859 - 1/2 HUNTER STREET, N . W .
S UITE 105
ATLANTA,
GEO RGIA
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March 21, 1967
Mayor Ivan Allen
City Hall
Atlan t a, Georgi a 30303
Dear Mayor Allen:
The NAACP, again, congratulates you on the vast housing prog r a m and
tremendous urban pla nning you have proposed for the city of Atlan t a.
These projects will enhance the sta tus of our g reat me tropolis .
On the other hand, we cri t ici ze you on your fa i lure to, effectively,
permit the citizens to participat e in the planning of these programs . As
a result, some se ri ous mistakes have t r ansp ired which can create some un necess a r y t u r bule nce; one of whic h i s poten t ial ove r -crowdine s s.
I t h as come t o ou r a tte n t ion tha t one of . t he sites now under c on sideration f or pr op osed con s t ruc t ion o f p ub l i c houses is i n t he Harwel l
Road-Skippe r Dr i ve-Bank head ar e a. Mr . Alle n , we st r ongly oppose t his due
t o t h e fac t t hat t he No r thwest-Sou thwe st area is al r eady saturated wi th
p ublic h ousing a n d addit ional h ousing p r o jec ts will o nl y increase the
den s ity and decrease t he mo rale a nd c o mf o r t of o ur people.
Th e Atlan t a Hous ing Authori t y seems t o h a v e over looked pub lic hous i ng
l oca t ion statistics and igno r ed the feelings and a ttit udes of Negroes who
now l i ve and will live in a crowded e nvironment. Sta t is t ics reveal that
of t he 940 4 p ub lic housing un i ts exi sting 82. 76% are in t h e NorthwestS outhwe s t area while none a re e x i s t e nt i n the No rth east area. Thi s imbalance i n i t s mo st obvi ous a n d d eplorab le f o r m.
I t seems l ogi cal that
s ome l o ca l remedies t o this prob lem s h o u ld be exercised rath er than
augment this segregated con centra t i on.
Mr. Al len, we recommend and insi st that the At l a nta Housing Au thority
consider a more balanced d i spersi on of additional h ousing projects. Atlanta
cannot and must not jeopardize its g ood reputa t i o n by establishing additional
ghettos or perpetuating segregation in its housing patterns.
In order to assure comfor t of our citizens and tran q uility o f our
city and in the best in te re s t of y o u, t he Atlanta Housing Authority and
our citizens, we urgently request an immediate audience with you in o r der
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to share some ideas and opinions. We would, also , hope that you can
encourage the presence of Mr. Alexander of the Housing Resources Committee
as well as Mr. Stearne and Mr. Satterfie l d from the Housing Authority.
There are some potential problems that can be alleviated before con struction takes place on the above mentioned site as well as other p r oposed
sites of which we are aware, if you can arrange to see us withi n t h e next
day or so . We are prepared to meet you at you r convenience.
We realize you are busy bu t because this is so important we hope you
share our urgency of the need to liste n and l earn wh at ou r people are thi nk ing so t his conf lic t can be promptly set t l ed • .
(Dr.) A. M. Davis
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Stearne
Satterfield
Edward Baxter
A. R. Hanson
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The NAACP has just issued this release • • • particularly
note the last page.
The WSB boys were in and wanted your reaction. . . .
I told them you wouldn't be in probably all afternoon . .
I am sure they will be back.
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Allen for an Apology
The Atlanta Summit Leadership Conference (ASLC) has
called for Mayor Ivan Allen Jr. to apologize for a "slur" against
the president of the local National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Davis specifically mentioned
The Rev. Sam Williams, Jesse a proposal for a housing unit in
Hill Jr. and Aid. Q.' V. William- the Skipper Drive-Harw.ell Roadson, co-chairman of ASLC, w,ere Bankhead Drive area which he
referring· to remarks by the said would further saturate the
mayor about Dr. A. M. Davis, already saturated area."
local NAACP leader. ·
Whep it was pointed out that
Davis wrote the mayor for a Davis lives in that neighbormeeting on the public housing hood, the mayor said, "I wonsituation here and later issued der if that might influence his
a statement that he had not position." It was that remark
"receiv,ed the courtesy of a re- that drew the ire of the three
ply." Davis went on to say that Negro leaders.
he had asked the federal governAllen said that he had written
ment to cut off funds for local
housing and urban renewal pro- Davis and said he (Allen) would
grams because of discrimina- be glad to talk with the NAACP
leader, but suggested Davis
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first familiarize himself with
the current public housing situation.
Allen said that the city is
looking for possible low-income
~ousing sites all over the city,
but that most of the vacant and
available land is in the west and
southeast. He encouraged the
NAACP and other such organizations to find sites and develop
them under such federal programs as "221-d(3)."
As to the latest ASL charge,
the mayor had no comment.
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By ALEX COFFIN
The local unit of the National Association for the Advancei ment of Colored People asked the federal government Friday
i to cut off funds for Atlanta housing and urban renewal projects
Iuntil · "discriminatory practices" are ceased.
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·;;T~at might inlthe city to a~opt an open oc- fluence his-position;" .the mayor
said_.
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?.t. H Allen -said that the NAAOP by
, racial _strife beca~se of dis- contacting HUD' "before becom1 prop_
ortJonat~ locatJ?n ,,of · th ese ing conversant with all loca: p~bhc housm~ ':'ruts
erupts tions" being investigated might
this sull]~er, It .WIii be _because "jeopardize additional low- inof the 1mperv1ous attitude of come units here. I hope they'
(the NAACP) are not going to
Mayor Ivan Allen Jr.
The association said that ·it obstruct the city's 1efforts," he
Iasked Allen for a conference on said.
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. Allen produced a carbon copy and that· no ·units are in the
' of a letter, dated March <23, in northeast area, but added that
1answer to the NAACP request,
"major strides" are being made
which was sent. by Dr. A. M. and that some 80 acres throughDavis , president of the local out the city ·are potential sites
NAACP branch.
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for low-income . housing.
Allen's letter said he would
be glad to meet with Davis, but ~;;;;;;;;;;;;;;~===-- - :suggested · the NAACP leader
' should first . get additional information on the local public
housing plans.
" The invitation still stands,"
Allen said Friday.
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Davis said Friday afternoon
he has not gotten the letter.
The NAACP said that 83 per
, cent of Atlanta's public housing
is on the west side of the city
and none is in the northeast.
"This example of racial segregation is indeed appalling,"
the association said.
Allen did not attend two
NAACP-sponsored housing conferences, to which he was invited, the charges said.'
• The NAACP asked Dr. Robert
Weaver, secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban· Development, to cut off funds to
Atlanta for public housing, urban
renewal and the new Model
Cities Program until policies ."to
entrench and extend segregation" are ended.
The · NAACP charged that a
project under consideration ·in
the Skipper'Drive-Harwell RoadBankhead Avenue NW are a
would "further sa tuarte the alniady saturated area ."
Davis lives at 592 Waterford
Drive NW, which connects with
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