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April 4, 1968
MEMORANDUM
To: Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr .
From: Dan Sweat
Subject: Clergymen's Conference
I met with representatives of the Atlanta Christian Council this
morning to discuss followup on the suggested meeting the Clergy
of Atlanta wants to hold to help get further understanding of and
involvement in the problems whieh face the city.
The idea of the ministers is to have a meeting which would include
the religious leadership from the five county area, th elected
political l adership, top business, labor nd education. In effect,
they are talking about an Urban Coalition type m es meeting of the
top leadei.-ship.
They are speaking in term of from 500 to 1,000 persons.
What apparently prompted this int r st on the part of th Clergy wa
Al Bow speech to them. It is now f lt that Mr. Bows h
put th
Cl rgy on the spot and there is fear that the busin ss community h s
gott n out head of the religious community.
Th mini t rs who re hehind thi movement £ l th t th time l at
hand to encour ge some of th more timid mini t r , partlcul rly in
th
ubuJ'b , to g t moving. They feel th t if these mini t rs can ee
wh t ome of the busine
community is doing and
ying, people lik
�Mayor Allen
Page Two
April 4; 1968
Bows, Paul Austin, Sterne, etc., that they won't feel they're risking
their necks or their pulpits by getting involved in the "urban problems" .
We have tentatively settled on May 6 as the date for the dinner and
would like to issue an invitation to John Gardner. The prog:ram would
consist of "rip-snorting" speeches from you, Paul Austin, John Gardner
and a key religious figure.
The ministers I committee will be in to talk to you about it, present
their ideas and get any suggestions you might have on Wednesday at
2:30 p. m.
DS:fy
�April 3, 1968
MEMORANDUM
To: Mayor Ivan Allen. Jr.
From: Dan Swe t
Subject: Atl nta Christian Council Civil Di orders Propos 1
The attach d statement was unanimou ly adopted Tue day by the
Atlant Christian Council. Johnny Robin on and Im t with the
Resolutions Committee dul'ing the morning to di cus thi
tat ment
with the members 0£ that committ
Th · minister ar
incerely interested in contributin dir ctly to
the Hmination of central city problems and are s eking realistic
ways in which to b come involved.
You will notice they want to finance luncheon or dinner which
you would ho t. What they r ally w nt to do i to organize an
Urban Co lition or help formalbe the Coluition which we hav
previously attempted to g t st rted.
They desi re to invit John G rdner down, who long with you,
would help draw int r ted leaders from all walks of life to the
dinn r me ting.
I will meet with Dr. Moore and members of hi committee Thursday
in an ttempt to develop specific: before the committee meets with
you next Wedn sday at 3:00 p. m . to outline their plans to you.
Such dinner would be held probably the w ek of May 6.
Fifi ld ha
ugg ted that it be held t hi church.
I think w
DS :fy
should support and encourage
uch
g thering.
Dr . Harry
�SUBJECT: Statement of Purpose and Plan of Action for Atlantans
Concerned about Riots, Their Causes, and Their Consequences
We, the undersigned Atlantans, are deeply concerned about the riots which
have occurred in our nation with increasing frequency and with mounting
violence.
We are concerned about the consequences of continued rioting and believe
that the deterioration of human relations could do greater damage than the
loss of material things if we fail to bring an end to riots and the ·:;_· conditions
which spawn the mo
We commend to every thoughtful citizen who believes in law and order and
human progress the recently released 11 Report of the National Advisory
Commission on Civil Disorders 11 • Whether one would agree absolutely
with its methodology or the conclusions of the Commission, we believe
the Report contains food for thought and suggestions for action which
merit consideration. The Report is a good point of reference and a basis
for discussion and action.
We are convinced that neither studies, nor resolutions, nor good i ntentions
alone will suffic e. We believe that all of the religious l eade rs of Metropolitan
Atlanta should act now to bring an end to conditions in our midst which create
des pair, contribute to human degradation and fuel violence.
We, therefore, commit ours e lves to assist in the task of transforming
our urban area , that insofar as our abilities and resources permit, we
should endeavor to respond to this urban crisisand help create a city where
there is p ersonal safety for all persons and property and where there is
reason for hope and opportunity for individual growth and dignity for every
citizen.
To do this there are many things which we believe must b e done.
There must be a pooling of our resources - a coordinated effort for rich
and poor, by affluent and depressed citizens , by leaders in religion,
education and business and the professions , in industry and labor , in
government and in all walks of life to meet our citizens needs in the
following areas o
�Page Two
1.
2.
3.
4.
Police Protection
Education
Housing
Employment
(Note:
These areas are spelled out in the Council's memo)
As we see it, we must create a new attitude even more than we need to
create new programs hut both are needed. To establish new attitudes we
must begin with ourselves, ourx families, our churches and synagogues.
Therefore, we pledge ourselves to
- - - - -
(three areas are listed)
In order to deve lop wide acceptance of our stat ed purpose and our plan of
action, we re s pectfully urge Mayor Iva n Alle n, Jr . to i s s u e invi t a tions to
Atlanta : p ~ political, e conomic and r eligious leaders, to citizens
representative of all areas of our urban community, to attend the meeting
sponsored by the undersigned. with the Mayor serving as host. The purpose
of this meeting will b e to achieve in the Atlan ta urgan area, an agreement
on our stat ed purpos e and to a rr ange for a coordinated use of all possible
resources. We seek a true and a new commitment and to develop a simple
connectional structure to carry out this commitment.
We, by signing this resolution, do d eclaJi-·e ourselves to b e an inter-faith
committee and authorize our designated representatives to visit the Mayor
of the City of Atlanta and the other loca l l eaders of this area for the
following purposes.
1.
2.
To offer th e full support of ourselves as representatives of the
r e ligious community.
at
To fund a luncheon for l ead e rs and r epresentatives of both races /which
time we could hear from Mayor Ivan Allen hi s suggestions as to how all
available resources might be coordinated to achieve our objective s.
3 and 4 are listed in other memo.
Finally, we invite all citizens to join with us in a commitment to our Statement
of Purpose and our Plan of Action a nd we ask the h e lp of Almighty God in this
endeavor to transform and redeem our entire urban area.
�I
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CITY OF .A I.~ANTA
CITY HALL
April 3, 1968
ATLANTA, GA. 30303
Tel. 522-4463 Area Code 404
IVAN ALLEN, JR., MAYOR
R. EARL LANDERS, Administrative Assistant
MRS. ANN M. MOSES, Executive Secretary
DAN E. SWEAT, JR. , Director of Governmental Liaison
MEMORANDUM
To:
Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr.
From:
Subject:
Dan Sweat
~
Atlanta Christian Council Civil Disorders Proposal
The attached statement was unanimously adopted Tuesday by the
Atlanta Christian Council. Johnny Robinson and I met with the
Resolutions Committee during the morning to discuss this statement
with the members of that committee.
The ministers are sincerely interested in contributing directly to
the elimination of central city problems and are seeking realistic
ways in which to become involved.
You will notice they want to finance a luncheon or dinner which
you would host. What they really want to do is to organize an
Urban Coalition or help formalize the Coalition which we have
previously attempted to get started.
They desire to invite John Gardner down, who along with you,
would help draw interested leaders from all walks of life to the
dinner meeting.
I will meet with Dr. Moore and members of his committee Thursday
in an attempt to develop specifics before the committee meets with
you next Wednesday at 3:00 p. m. to outline their plans to you.
Such a dinner would be held probably the we e k of May 6.
Fifield has suggested that it be held at his church.
I think we should support and e ncourage such a gathering.
DS : fy
Dr. Harry
�AGENDA
CLERGYMAN'S CONFERENCE
April 2, 11 O'Clock, Peachtree Christian
Dr. Harry Fifield, Presiding
Church
I ntroductory Statement, Dr. Harry Fifield
Brief Statement on Condition of Situation in Atlanta, Mr. Dan Sweat & Mr. Robinson
Mayor's Office
20-Minute period given to program of operation connection, Dr. John Anderson &
Dr . Lawren ce Bot toms
Motion Presented, Dr. Harry Fifield
Discussion
Adjournment
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�A STATEMENT OF PURPOSE AND A PLAN OF ACTION FOR ATLANTANS
CONCERNED ABOUT RIOTS, THEIR CAUSES
AND THEIR CONSEQUENCES
We, the undersigned Atlantans, are deeply concerned about the riots which have
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occurred in our nation with increasing frequency and with mounting violence!
We are concerned about the consequences of continued rioting and b elieve that
the deterioration of human relations could do greater damage than the los s of mater ial things if we fail to bring an end to the riots and the conditions which spawn them.
We commend to every thoughtful citizen who believes in law and order and in
human progress the recently release9 Report of the National Advisory Commis sion
on Civil Disorders.
Whether one would agree absolutely with its methodol ogy or
the conclusions of the commission , we b elieve the report contains food for thought
and suggestions for action which merit consideration. The report is a good point of
r eference and basis for discussion and action.
We are c onvinced that n either studie s nor resolutions nor good int entions alone
will suffice . We believe that all of the religious leaders of metrop olitan Atl anta
should act now t o bring an end to conditions in our m i<l s t wliieh c r eatP. <le spair, con tribute to hum an degradation and fuel viol ence .
We, therefore, c ommit our selves to a ssist in the task of tran sformin g our urban
area that, insofar as our abilities and resources permit, we shall endeavor Lo
1:e sp on<l
to this urban crisis and help create a city where there is personal safety for all persons and property and where there is reason for hope and opportunity for individual
growth and dignity for every citizen.
To do this, there are many things which we believe must be done.
There must be a pooling of all resources - a coordinated effort by rich and poor,
by affluent and depressed citizens, by leaders in religion and education, in business
and the profes sions, in indust r y and labor , in governm ent, and in all wal ks of life to meet our citi?:en s needs in the following a r eas:
Police Protection._
Every c itizen is entitled to be secure in
his person and property and to fair t reat-
ment by law enforcement officials; and,
in turn, each citizen has a duty to obey
the law and support and cooperate with
police officials.
�Every citizen must
Education
have the oppor-
tunity for equal educational opp ortunity --knowledge of one's rights and
dutues, education for employment,
and for living - the essentials to a
society of law and order and human
progress.
Housing
Every citizen must have access to
decent housing. This goal adopted
long ago has not been achieved, and
there is yet to be obtained a climate
in which every person will have equal
opportunity for housing that he can
afford.
Employment
There must be training for n ew jobs
and retaining for other jobs in our
changing t echnology, and the r e must
be an end t o dfacriminati on against
qualifie d per sons based on s ex , r ace ,
a ge or handicap.
As we see it , we mu st creat e new attitude s even more than we need t o cre ate
new pr ograms, but b oth are needed! To e :.t ablish new attituded we mu st b egin with
ourselves, our famil ies , our churches and synagogues .
Therefor e, we pl edge our s elves to:
1. Carry on mutual int erchanges in ou r churche s with mini ster s and 1ayman of
both races di scuss ing th e se critic al areas of concern .
2. Preach and give c ourses within our own church e s dealing with the se areas .
3. Adopt and carry out special projects which contr ibute to the better m ent of
condit ions m each of the foregoing areas , and encourage such things as
positive support fo r day car e center s , low cost housing corpor ati ons, h ealth
clinic s, and t r ainjng empl oyment programs .
In order to develop wide ac cept ance of our stated 1,>urpose and our plan of action ,
we respectfully urge Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr. to i ssu e invitations to Atlanta's political,
economic and religious leaders, and to citizens representative of all areas of our
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�Education
Every citizen must
have the oppor-
tunity for equal educational opportunity ""knowledge of one's rights and
dutues, education for employment,
and for living - the essentials to a
society of law and order and human
progress.
Housing
Every citizen must have access to
decent housing. This goal adopted
long ago has not been achieved, and
there is yet to be obtained a climate
in which every person will have equal
opportunity for housing that he can
afford.
Employment
There must be training for n ew jobs
and retaining for other jobs in our
changing technology, and there must
be an end to discr imination again st
qualifie d per sons based on sex , race,
age or handicap.
As we se e it, we must create n ew attitudes even more than we need to create
new programs , but both are needed! To e::.tablish new attituded we mu st begin with
oursel ves, our families, our churche s and synagogues .
Therefore, we pledge ou rselves to :
1. Carry on mutual interchanges in our churches with ministers and l ayman of
both races discussing these critical areas of concern.
2. Preach and give courses within our own churches dealing with these areas.
3. Adopt and carry out special projects which contribute to the bette rment of
conditions m each of the foregoing areas, and encourage such things as
positive support for day care centers, low cost housing corporations, health
clinics, and trainin g employment pr ograms.
In order to develop wide acceptance of our stated purpose and ou r pl an of action ,
we re spectfully urge Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr . to issue invitations to Atlanta's political ,
economic and religious leaders, and to c itizens r epr esent ative of all areas of ou r
urban community to attend a m e etin g spon sored by the undersigned with the Mayor
serving as host. The purpose of the meeting will be to ac!1 ieve in the Atlanta u han
�area an agreement on our stated purpose, and to arrange for a coordinated use of
all possible resources. We seek a true and new commitment and to develop a
simple connectional structure to carry out this commitment.
We, by signing this resolution, do declare ourselves to be 1an inter-faith .
committee, and authorize our designated representatives to visit the Mayor of the
City of Atlanta and other local leaders of this area for the followin g purposes:
1. To offer the full support of ourselves as representatives of the religious
community of the urban area for coordinated effort in meeting the needs
of every individual.
2. To fund a luncheon for leaders and representatives of both races at which
time we could hear from Mayor Allen his suggestions as to how all available
resources might be coordinated to achieve our objectives.
3. To support a call for broader ministerial and lay leadership in subsequent
meetings and projects.
4 . And to offer ourselves for service on any Council or Committee de aling
with these critical area s.
Finally , we invite all citizen s to join with us in a commitment to our statement
of purpo s e and our plan of action, and we ask the help of Almight y God in this
endeavor to t ran sform and redeem our enti r e urban area .
Si gned on Thi s Day, Tuesday 2nd ,_ of April , 1968
�A STATEMENT OF PURPOSE AND A PLAN OF ACTION FOR ATLANTANS
CONCERNED ABOUT RIOTS, THEIR CAUSES
AND THEIR CONSEQUENCES
We, the undersigned Atlantans, are deeply concerned about the riots which have
occurred in our nation with increasing frequency and with mounting violence!
We are concerned about the consequences of continued rioting and believe that
the deterioration of human relations could do gre ater damage than the loss of mater ial things if we fail to bring an end to the riots and the conditions which spawn them.
We commend to every thoughtful citizen who believes in law and order and in
human progress the recently released Report of the National Advisory Commis sion
on Civil Disorders.
Whether one would agree absolutely with its methodology or
the conclusions of the commission, we believe the report contains food for thought
and suggestions for action which merit consideration. The report is a good point of
reference and basis for discussion and action.
We are convinced that neither studies nor resolutions nor good intentions alone
will suffice. We believe that all of the religious leaders of metropolit an Atlanta
should act now t o bring an end to conditions in our midst which c reat e despair , cont ribute to human degradation and fuel violence .
We, therefore, com mit our selves to assist in the t a sk of transforming our urban
area that, insofar as our abilities and r esour c es permit, we shall endeavor t o re spond
to this urban cr i sis and h elp create a city where there is p ersonal safety for all pers ons and property and where there i s re a s on for hope and opportunity for individual
growth and dignity for every citizen.
To do this, there are many things which we believe must be done.
There must be a pooling of all resources - a coordinated effort by rich and poor,
by affluent and depressed citizens, by leaders in religion and education, in business
and the professions, in industry and labor, in government, and in all walks of life to meet our citizens needs in the following areas:
Police Protection
Every citizen is entitled to be secure in
his person and property and to fair treatm ent by law enforcement official s ; and,
in turn, ench citizen has a duty to obey
the law and support and cooperate with
police officials.
�Education
Every citizen must have the opportunity for equal educational opportunity - Imowledge of one's rights and
duties, education for employment,
and for living - the essentials to a
society of law and order and human
progress.
Housing
Every citizen must have access to
decent housing. This goal adopted
long ago has not been achieved, and
there is yet to be obtained a climate
in which every person will have equal
opportunity for housing that he can
afford.
Employment
There must be training for new jobs
and retaining for other jobs in our
changing technology, and there must
be an end to discrimination against
qualified persons based on sex, race,
age or handicap.
As we see it, we must create new attitudes even more than we need to create
new programs, but both are needed! To establish new attitudes we must begin with
ourselves, our families, our churches and synagogues.
Therefore, we commit ourselves to an effort to:
1. Carry on mutual interchanges in our churches with ministers and layman of
all races discussing these critical areas of concern.
2. Preach and give courses within our own churches dealing with these areas.
3. Adopt and carry out special projects which contribute to the betterment of
conditions in each of the foregoing areas, and encourage such tb.ings as
positive support for day care centers, low cost housing corporations,
health clinics, and training employment programs.
In order to develop wide acceptance of our stated purpose and our plan of action,
we respectfully urge Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr. to issue invitations to Atlanta's political,
economic and religious leaders, and to citizens representative of all areas of our
urban community to attend a meeting sponsored by the undersigned with the Mayor
serving as host. The purpose of the meeting will be to achieve in the Atlanta urban
�area an agreement on our stated purpose, and to arrange for a coordinated use of
all possible resources. We seek a true and new commitment and to develop a
simple connectional structure to carry out this commitment.
We, by signing this resolution, do declare ourselves to be an inter-faith .
committee, and authorize our designated representatives to visit the Mayor of the
City of Atlanta and other local leaders of this area for the following purposes:
1. To offer the full support of ourselves as representatives of the religious
community of the urban area for coordinated effort in meeting the needs
of every individual.
2. To fund a luncheon for leaders and representatives of both races at which
time we could hear from Mayor Allen his suggestions as to how all available
resources might be coordinated to achieve our objectives.
3. To support a call for broader ministerial and lay leadership in subsequent
meetings and projects.
4. And to offer ourselves for service on any Council or Committee dealing
with ·these critical areas.
Finally, we invite all citizens to join with us in a commitment to our . stateme nt
of purpose and our plan of action, and we ask the help of Almighty God in this
endeavor to t r ansform and redeem our entire urban area.
Signed on Thi s Day, Tue sday 2nd of Ap ril , 1968
'
�A STATEMENT OF PURPOSE AND A PLAN OF ACTION FOR ATLANTANS
CONCERNED ABOUT RIOTS, THEIR CAUSES
AND THEIR CONSEQUENCES
We, the undersigned Atlantans, are deeply concerned about the riots which have
occurred in our nation with increasing frequency and with mounting violence!
We are concerned about the consequences of continued rioting and believe that
the deterioration of human relations could do gre ater damage than the loss of mater ial things if we fail to bring an end to the riots and the conditions which spawn them.
We commend to every thoughtful citizen who believes in law and order and in
human progress the recently rel eased Report of the Nati onal Advis ory Comm i s sion
on Civil Disorders.
Whether one would agree absolutely with its methodology or
the conclusions of the commission, we believe the report contains food for thought
and suggestion s for action which m erit consider ation. The repor t is a good point of
reference and basis for discussion and action.
We are convince d that neither studies nor resolutions nor good int entions alone
will suffice . We b elieve that all of the r eligious l eaders of met r op olitan Atlanta
should act now to bring an end to conditions in our midst which create despair, con tribute to human degradati on and fuel violence .
We, therefore , commit oursel ves to assist in the task of transforming our urban
area that, insofar as our abilitie s and resources permit , we shall endeavor -to-respond
to this urban crisis and help create a city where there is personal safety for all persons and pr operty and whe r e there is reason for hope and opportunity for individual
growth and dignity for every citizen.
To do this, there are many things which we believe mu st be done.
There must be a pooling of all resources - a coordinated effort by rich and poor,
by affluent and depressed citizens, by leader s in religion and education, in busine ss
and the pr ofessions, in industry and labor, in government, and in all walks of life to meet our c itizen s needs in the following areas:
Police Protection
Ever y citizen is entitled t o b e secure in
his person and property and t o fair t reatment by l aw enforcement officials; and,
in turn, eaeh citizen has a duty to obey
the law and support and cooperate with
police officials.
�Education
Every citizen must have the opportunity for equal educational opportunity - lmowledge of one I s rights and
duties, education for employment,
and for living - the,, essentials to a
society of law and order and human
progress.
Housing
Every citizen must have access to
decent housing. This goal adopted
long ago has not been achieved, and
there is yet to be obtained a climate
in which every person will have equal
opportunity for housing that he c an
afford.
Employment
There must be training for new jobs
and retaining for other job s in our
changing technology, and the r e must
be an end to discrimination again st
qualified per sons based on sex , race,
age or handic ap.
As we see it, we mu st cre ate new attitudes even m ore than we need t o create
new programs , but both are needed! To e stablish new attitude s we must begin with
ourselves, our families , our churches and synagogues.
Therefore, we commit ourselves to an effort to:
1. Carry on mutual interchanges in our churches with ministers and layman of
all races discussing these critical areas of concern.
2. Preach and give courses within our own churches dealing with these areas.
3. Adopt and carry out special projects which contribute to the betterment of
conditions in each of the foregoing areas, and encourage such things as
positive support for day care centers, low cost housing corporation s,
health clinics, and training emp l oyme nt pr ogr ams.
In order to devel op wide acceptance of our stated purpose and our pl an of action,
we respectfully urge Mayor Ivan Allen, J r. to issue invitations to Atlanta' s political,
economic and religious leaders , and t o citizens repres entative of all areas of our
urban community to attend a meeting sponsored by the undersigned with the Mayor
serving as host. The purpose of the meeting will be to achieve in the Atlanta urban
�area an agreement on our stated purpose, and to arrange for a coordinated use of
all possible resources. We seek a true and new commitment and to develop a
simple connectional structure to carry out this commitment.
We, by signing this resolution, do declare ourselves to be an inter-faith .
committee, and authorize our designated representatives to visit the Mayor of the
City of Atlanta and other local leaders of this area for the following purposes:
1. To offer the full support of ourselves as representatives of the religious
community of the urban area for coordinated effort in meeting the needs .
of every individual.
2. To fund a luncheon for leaders and representatives of both races at which
time we could hear from Mayor Allen his suggestions as to how all available
resources might be coordinated to achieve our objectives.
3. To support a call for broader mini st erial and lay leadership in subsequent
meetings and projects.
4. And to offer ourselves for service on any Council or Committee dealin g
with these cr itical areas.
Finally , we invite all c iti zens to join with us in a com mit ment t o ou.r. statement
of pur pose and our plan of act ion, and we a sk the help of Alm i ghty God in this
endeavor to tran sform and r edeem our entire ur ban are a.
Signed on This Day, Tuesday 2nd of April, 1968
I
�A STATEMENT OF PURPOSE AND A PLAN OF ACTION FOR ATLANTANS
CONCERNED ABOUT RIOTS, THEIR CAUSES
AND THEIR CONSEQUENCES
We, the undersigned Atlantans, are deeply concerned about the riots which have
occurred in our nation with increasing frequency and with mounting \riolence !
We are concerned about the consequences of continued rioting and believe that
the deterioration of human relations could do greater damage than the loss of mater ial things if we fail to bring an end to the riots and the conditions which spawn them.
We commend to every thoughtful citizen who believes in law and order and in
human progress the recently released Report of the National Advisory Commission
on Civil Disorders.
Whether one would agree absolutely with its methodology or
the conclusions of the commission , we believe the report contains food for thought
and suggestions for action which merit consideration. The report is a good point of
reference and basis for discussion and action.
We are convinced that neither studies nor resolutions nor good intentions alone
will suffice. We believe that all of the r eligious leaders of metropolitan Atlanta
should act now to bring an end to conditions in our midst which create de spair, contribute to human degradation and fuel violence. ·
We, therefore, commit ourselves to assist in the task of transforming our urban
area that, insofar as our abilities and resources permit, we shall endeavor to-respond
to this urban crisis and help create a city where there is personal safety for all persons and property and where there is reason for hope and opportunity for individual
growth and dignity for every citizen.
To do this, there are many things which we believe must be done.
There must be a pooling of all resources - a coordinated effort by rich and poor,
by affluent and depressed citizens, by leaders in religion and education, in business
and the pr ofessions, in industry and labor, in government, and in all walks of life to meet our citi zens needs in the following areas:
Police Protection
Every citizen is entitled to be secu r e in
his person and propert y and to fair treat-
ment by l aw enforcement offic ials; and,
in turn, e ach citizen has a duty to obey
the law and support and cooperat e with
police officials .
�Education
Every citizen must have the opportunity for equal educational opportunity - knowledge of one I s rights and
duties, education for employment,
and for living - the ess~ntials to a
society of law and order and human
progress.
Housing
Every citizen must have access to
decent housing. This goal adopted
long ago has not been achieved, and
there is yet to be obtained a climate
in which every person will have equal
opportunity for housing that he can
afford.
Employment
There must be training for new jobs
and retaining for other jobs in our
changing technology, and there must
be an end to discrimination against
qualified persons based on sex , race,
age or handicap.
As we see it, we mu st create new attitudes even m ore than we need to cr eate
new programs, but both are needed! To est ablish new attitudes we must begin with
ours el ves, our families, our chur ches and synagogues.
Therefore , we commit ourselves to an effort to :
1. Carry on mutual interchanges in our churches with ministers and layman of
all races discussing these critical areas of concern.
2. P r each and give courses within our own churches dealing with these areas .
3. Adopt and carry out special projects which contribute to the betterment of
conditions in each of the foregoing areas, and encourage such things as
positive support for day care centers, low cost housing corporations,
health clinics, and training employment programs.
In order to develop wide acceptance of our stated purpose and our plan of action,
we respectfully urge Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr. to issue invitations to Atlanta I s politic 81,
economic and religious leaders, and to citizens representative of all areas of our
urban community to attend a meeting sponsored by the undersigned with the Mayor
serving as host. The purpose of the meeting will be to achieve in the Atlanta urban
�area an agreement on our stated purpose, and to arrange for a coordinated use of
all possible resources. We seek a true and new commitment and to develop a
simple connectional structure to carry out this commitment".
We , by signing this resolution, do declare ourselves to be an inter-faith .
committee, and authorize our designated representatives to visit the Mayor of the
City of Atlanta and other local leaders of this area for the following purposes:
1. To offer the full support of ourselves as representatives of the religious
community of the urban area for coordinated effort in meeting the needs
of every individual.
2. To fund a luncheon for leaders and representatives of both races at which
time we could hear from Mayor Allen his suggestions as to how all available
· resources might be coordinated to achieve our objectives.
3. To support a call for broader ministerial and lay leadership in subsequent
meetings and projects.
4. And to offer ourselves for service on any Council or Committee dealing
with these critical areas.
Finally, we invite all citizens to join with us in a commitment to our st ateme nt
of purpose and our plan of action, and we ask the help of Almighty God in this
endeavor to t r ansform and redeem our entire urban area.
Signed on This Day, Tuesday l 2nd of Ap ril , 19 68
�A STATEMENT OF PURPOSE AND A PLAN OF ACTION FOR ATLANTANS
CONCERNED ABOUT RIOTS, THEIR CAUSES
AND THEIR CONSEQUENCES
We, the undersigned Atlantans, are deeply concerned about the riots which have
occurred in our nation with increasing frequency and with mounting violence!
We are concerned about the consequences of continued rioting and believe that
the deterioration of human r elations could do greater damage than the loss of mater ial things if we fail to bring an end to the riots and the conditions which spawn them.
We commend to every thoughtful citizen who believes in l aw and order and in
human progress the recently released Report of the National Advisory Commission
on Civil Disorders.
Whether one would agree absolutely with its methodology or
the conclusions of the commission, we believe the report contains food for thought
and suggestions for action which merit consideration. The r epor t is a good point of
r eference and basis for discussion and action.
We are convinced that n either studies nor r e solutions nor good intentions alone
will suffi ce. We b elieve that all of the r eligious l eaders of metropolitan Atl anta
should act now to bring an end to conditions in our midst -which create despair , contribut e t o human degradation and fuel violence.
We, ther efore, c ommit ou rselve s t o assist in the t ask of t ransfor ming our urban
area that, in s ofar a s our abilities and resources permit , we sh all endeavor t o respond
to this urban cri si s and help create a city where there i s personal safet y for all p ers ons and pr operty and whe r e there is re a s on for hope and opportunity for individu al
growth and dignity for every citizen.
To do this, t here are many th ings which we believe mu st be done.
There must be a pooling of all resources - a c oordinated effort by rich and poor,
by affluent and depressed citizens , by l eaders in religion and education, in business
and the professions, in industry and labor , in government, and in all walks of life to meet our citizens needs in the following areas:
Police Protection
Every citizen is entitled to be secure in
his person and property and to fair treatment by law enforcement officials; and,
in turn, e¥)Ch citizen has a duty to obey
the law and support and cooperate with
police officials.
�Education
Every citizen must have the opportunity for equal educational opportunity - lmowledge of one I s rights and
duties, education for employment,
and for living - the es,sentials to a
society of law and order and human
progress.
Housing
Every citizen must have access to
decent housing. This goal adopted
long ago has not been achieved, and
there is yet to be obtained a climate
in which every person will have equal
opportunity for housing that he can
afford.
Employment
There must be training for new jobs
and retaining for other jobs in our
changing technology, and there must
be an end to discrimination against
qualified per son s ba sed on sex , race,
age or handicap.
As we see it, we mu st create new attitudes even more than we need to create
new programs, but both are needed! To establish new attitudes we must begin with
ourselves , our families, our churche s and synagogues.
Therefore, we commit ourselves to an effort to:
1. Carry on mutual interchanges in our churches with ministers and layman of
all races discussing these critical areas of concern.
2. P reach and give courses within our own churches dealing with these areas.
3. Adopt and carr y out special projects which contribute t o the b etterment of
conditions in each of the foregoing areas , and encourage such things a s
positive support for day care center s, l ow cost hou sing corporations,
health clinics, and t raining employment programs.
In order to develop wide acceptance of our stated purpose and our plan of action,
we respectfully urge Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr. to issue invitations to Atlant a I s political,
economic and religious leaders, and to citizens representative of all areas of our
urban community to attend a meeting sponsored by the undersigned with the Mayor
serving as host. The purpose of the meeting will be to achieve in the Atlanta urban
�area an agreement on our stated purpose, and to arrange for a coordinated use of
all possible resources. We seek a true and new commitment and to develop a
simple connectional structure to carry out this commitment.
We, by signing this resolution, do declare ourselves to be an inter-faith .
committee, and authorize our designated representatives to visit the Mayor of the
City of Atlanta and other local leaders of this area for the following purposes:
1. To offer the full support of ourselves as representatives of the religious
community of the urban area for coordinated effort in meeting the needs
of every individual.
2. To fund a luncheon for leaders and representatives of both races at which
time we could hear from Mayor Allen his suggestions as to how all available
resources might be coordinated to achieve our objectives.
3. To support a call for broader ministerial and lay leadership in subsequent
meetings and projects.
4. And to offer ourselves for service on any Council or Committee de aling
with these critical areas.
Finally, we invite all citizens to join with us in a commitment to our stateme nt
of purpose and our plan of action, and we ask the help of Almighty God in this
endeavor to t r ansform and redeem our entire urban area.
Signed on This Day, Tue sday 2nd of April , 1968
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