Box 13, Folder 21, Document 26

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LAW OFF IC ES
EDENFIELD , HEYMAN & SIZEMORE
310
HERM AN HEYMAN
NE WE LL EDENFIELD
L AMAR W. SIZEMORE
ROBERT
TER RY
W. DAN
FEDERAL
BUILDI NG
WI LLI AM
F . BUCH ANAN
OF COUNSEL
G. Y OUNG
June 27, 1967
P. McKENNA
ROBERT
WILLIAM
FULTON
ATLANTA, GEORGIA 30303
E . HICK S
ARTHUR
HEYM A N
( 1867- H,.51)
H. MAJOR
GREER
MAUR ICE N . MALOOF
JOSEP H LEF K OFF
BENJ AM I N
TELEPH ONE
521-2268
H. OEHLERT ID
Mayor Ivan Allen
City Hall
Atlanta, G€ orgia
30303
Dear I van:
I want to congratulate you on your refusal to obey .the demands
made at the whim of the self-appointed Negro leader in the
Kirkwood district, who claims to be a preacher, to wit, Hosea
Williams. He has never been elected by the people to any office.
You are the Mayor of Atlanta. If there is any discrepancy in
street work, garbage collection, or sewage disposal you have
the heads of departments whose duty it is to investigate these
matters and in the proper time, correct them.
When Hosea Williams refuses to show the heads of city departments
the reasons behind his complaints he is acting in a highly
capricious and dictorial manner .
I phoned your office once before and requested that you be told
that it was my opinion that you made a mistake every time
you went to a Negr o mass meeting which is organized for the
purpose of stating their wrath against the c ity government for
any reason.
Any citizen should know to go to . the City Hall to make his
complaint and I think it humiliates you and your office
when you go to a Negro YMCA, church, or school to talk to
Negro or white people or Israeli, Arabs, or Egyptians about
their dissatisfaction with the performance of some he ad of
department in their community. You merely expose yourself
to some smart-aleck Negro who gets up and makes a firey
speech condemning y ou and the administration of the city
government, and at such a meeting common sense and good judgment are thrown out the window.
Ivan, I was raised on the other side of the tracks, with Negroes.
I have known them for over seventy years. The more you give
them, the more they demand. There is no end to their wanting.
�Mayor Ivan Allen
June 27, 1967
Page Two
At one time they would ask, but now they simply demand or
else threaten the government.
The Police Department is organized to handle these young
hoodlums, and it is a mistake for you to expose yourself
to these organized riots.
I once worked for the Sanitary Department; so did my father
and my grandfather. Atlantal s Sanitary Department has
continued, and today is giving the best service that Atlanta
has received in my lifetime, and I wasn't born yesterday.
With personal regards.
WFB:ld

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