Box 15, Folder 1, Document 67

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Box 15, Folder 1, Document 67

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ATLANTA, GA. 30303
Tel. 522-4463 Area Code 404
October 19, 1967
R. EARL LANDERS, Administrative Assistant
MRS. ANN M. MOSES, Executive Secretary
DAN E. SWEAT, JR., Director of Governmental Liaison
Mr. A. H. Sterne, Jr., President
Atlanta Chamber of Commerce
Post Office Box 4418
Atlanta, Georgia 30302
Dear Billy:
I am sure that you are aware of the movement at the national
leve l to d e velop a strong coalition of urban i nteres t s in an effort
to exert more influence in national programs and priorities for ·
the benefit of our cities.
Repres entatives of busine s s , labor, civil rights , r e ligion, education
and M ayors o f urban cities have joined to gether in an Urban Coa lition
to provide coordinated machinery for ge tting the s t ory of our big
city problems across to the nation.
I am attaching some information materials on the Urban Coalition.
The s e will explain the background and goals of the national steering
committee .
It has been recogniz ed from the beginning that in order to b e
effective, local counter-part coalitions must b e developed in all
parts of the country to support these goals. It is my belief that
for years Atlanta has been able to grow and prosper through an
effective and informal coalition r e l ationship of business and government and with the support of the other areas of inte r es t whic h are
a part of the national coalitiori effort. I b e lieve, however, that
we need to recognize a little more formally the coalitions which
keep our city moving and also to d evelop a local coalition relationship with the national Urb an C oalition.
�Mr. Sterne
Page Two
October 19, 1967
It is my thinking that an initial step would be for us to get together
the top representatives of these key interest groups to form a local
coalition steering committee and invite the participation by other
organized groups. The initial steering conrrnittee could be composed
of the Mayor, as chief elected official of the city, the President ·
of the Chamber of Commerce, the President of the Atlanta Labor
Council, the President of the Atlanta Christian Council, the CoChairman of the Summit Leadership Conference, the Superintendent
of public education, and the Chairman of the Citizens Central
Advisory Council, who is the elected representative of participants
in the Economic Opportunity program.
I have drafted a statement which might be considered by this group
which recognizes the need for a local coalition and endorses the
declaration of principles of the national coalition. A copy of the
principles of the national coalition is also attached for your
By recognizing the existence of a coalition we will be able to better
communicate urban problems and focus maximum resources upon
their solutions.
-In order that we might consider this proposal I have invited the
following people to meet with me at my office at City Hall on
Wednesday, October 25, at 10:00 a. m.:
Mr. A. H. Sterne, President
Atlanta Chamber of Commerce
Rev. Samuel Williams
Summit Leadership Conference
Mr. Robert J . Butler, President
Atlanta Labor Council
�Mr. Sterne
Page Three
October 19, 1967
Rev. Bevel Jones, President
Christian Council of Metropolitan
Atlanta, Inc.
Dr. John W. Letson
Atlanta Public Schools
Mr. Erwin Stevens, President
Citizens Central Advisory Council
Economic Opportunity Atlanta, Inc.
Sincerely yours,
Ivan Allen, Jr.

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