Box 15, Folder 1, Document 2

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Box 15, Folder 1, Document 2

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October 20 , 1967
Mr. Erwin St evens., President
Citizens Cent\' · 1 Advisory Council
799 Parsons Stre t , S . W .
Atlant , Geol"gla
De i- MT , Stevens;
1 am sure that you . re of the movement et the national
level to dev · lop strong c oalition of urban intei-ests in an effort
to x rt mo1,'e influence in national programs and priorities £01"
the benefit of our citi·e e .
R present ·tives of busines , l bor, civil rights, religion, educ tion
d Mayo,: of I.Ul'ban citi s have joined tog ther in n Urb n Coalition
to provide coordin t d machinery for getting the story of our big
city problems cttoe to the n tion.
I am tt dung som information xn terial
Th e will -xp1-in the b ckgi,ound and go
com.mitt e .
on tho Urb n Coalition.
of th n tional ste ting
be n ..- cognl ed £,:-om th beginning that in ord i- to b
££, ctive , loc count l"•P rt co Utlon mu t be dev loped in
p rt of th count#y to support th
goals . It l my belt £ th ti
foi, y J'S Atl ni h s b n ble to gtow and pro,p r thl'ough n
nd inform coalition r lationship ol bu lnee
nd gov rnmenl nd with th
upport of th oth r re
of int r st whlch l'
p rt of the n tio
coalition effort. I believe, however,, that
w need to i-ecognl
a Uttl · mor formally th co lltlon which
keep oul' clty movtn
nd al o to develop loc co litton • 1 ion•
ship wlth the national Urb
Co ition.
�Mr. Stevens
Page Two
October ZO, 1967
It is my thinking that an initial step would be for us to get together
the top rep:resentatives of these key interest gi--oups to form a local
cl>alition steering committee an~ invite the participation by othe:ir
org nized groups. The initial steex-ing committee could be composed
of the Mayor~ as chief elected official of the c;:ity, the President
of the Chamber of Commerce, the President of the Atlanta Labor
Council, the President of the Atlanta Christian Council., the co ...
Ch ia,rnan of the Summit Le dersbip Confei-ence; the Supel'intendent
0£ public education,. and the Chairman of the Citizens Centl"al
Advisol'y Couneil, who is the' elected repi-esentative of p -rtlcipants
in the Economic OpportW'lity program.
1 have drafted statement which might be considered by this group
which recognizes the need for a local coalition - d endorse the
d cl l' don of principles of the national coalition. A copy of th
principl · of the n tional co ition is · so att ch d for your
consld r tion.
By recognizing th · Jtist nee of co litlon we will be ble to b tter
corrununic te urb n probl ms nd focus max.imwn re outc s upon
their olution •
Ol'd r that we might consider this proposal I h v, invited th
following p opl to with mo t my otilce t City Hall on
Wednee Y; Oetob .. 2.5, t 10;00 • m .:
Mt" .. A~ H. St rne, Preaid nt
Chamb , of Comm re
R v. S mu l Williams
C o.Cb 1"man
Summit Le der hip Conf
Mr.B obnJ.Butl .Pi:
Atl ·
L boJt Council
�Mr. Stevens
Page Three
October 20, 1967
Rev. Bevel Jones, President
Christian C ouncil of Metropolitan
Atlanta, Inc.
Dr. John W . Letson
Atlanta Public Schools
Mr, Erwin Stevens,_ President
Citizens ·centr 1 Advisory Council
Economic Opportunity Atl nt , Inc.
Sincel"ely yours.
Ivan Allen, Jfl.
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