Box 14, Folder 22, Document 8

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The Urban Coalition
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Federal Bar Building West/ 1819 Ii Street, N.
w.
Washington, D. C. / 20006
Steering Committee Co-chairmen: Andrew Heiskell/ A. Philip Randolph
March 21, 1968
Mr. Dan Sweat
Mayor's Office
City Hall
Atlanta, Georgia
Dear Mr. Sweat:
A good many people ask me what the difference is between the
Urban Coalition and the new National Alliance of Businessmen,
recently established under the leadership of Henry Ford II.
I usually respond by emphasizing the two most obvious differences:
1.
The Alliance is concerned solely with jobs while the
Coalition is concerned with the whole range of urban
problems.
2.
The Alliance is strictly a businessman's venture while
we include mayors, union leaders, religious and minority
group leaders.
But more important than the differences are the ways the Alliance
and Coalition can work together.
I have discussed that question
with Henry Ford II, and with Mr. Leo Beebe who is on leave
from the Ford Motor Company to give full time direction to the
Alliance. Mr. Gerard Phillippe, Chairman of the Board of
Gener al Electric and co-chairman of the Coalition's Task Force
on Private Employment, joined me for the talk with Mr. Beebe .
We arrived at full agreement concerning the relationship between
the Alliance and the Coalition . All parties to the conversation
agreed that there is a greater potential for meeting our common
objectives in the employment sphere if our respective programs
are carried out in a complementary fashion . We pledged full
support to the NAB effort.
National Coordinators : John Feild/ Ron M. Linton
Telephone 293-1530
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It is through local community leadership that both the NAB
and the Urban Coalition see their respective obje~tives being
accomplished. The NAB has designated a local chairman in
each of fifty urban areas.
It is possible that the local NAB chairman for your city is
already working with you in your efforts to form a local
coalition.
If not, I urge that you invite his active participation in your efforts and explore with him ways in which
the potential local coalition can be supportive of his efforts
on behalf of the Alliance.
The NAB chairman in your community is Mr. A.H. Sterne, President,
Trust Company of Georgia, P.O. Box 4418, Atlanta, Georgia 30302.
I look forward to our working together.
Chairman

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