Box 16, Folder 6, Document 2

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Box 16, Folder 6, Document 2

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Allen Pledges to Help
Negroes Get Met Ticl{ets
Atlanta Mayor Ivan Allen has pledged his support to Mrs.
Martin Luther King Jr. in making tickets to· the Metropolitan
Opera Company's performances here next spring available to
Mrs. King, representing the
inter - racial Atlanta Committee
for Cultural Opportunity, . had
sent a lengthy telegram to
Mayor Al1en to "call attention
to some serious problems concerning the Metropolitan Opera
Company's annual season in the ·
city. "
Allen replied by telegram, in
which he said he is " thoroughly
sympathetic with your desire to
provide additional seats at Metropolitan Opera for the Negro
citizens of Atlanta. It- is my understanding that the additional
500 to 600 seats in the new auditorium will be distributed · on
an absolutely fair and equitable
basis and every consideration
given to Negro applicants. I will
support your position and sincerely hope that it will be completely carried out by the Opera
Mrs. King said Negroes were
excluded from getting season
tickets because white holders
renew their seats y e a r after
year and there is a long waiting
"We are determined," she
said, "not to submit again to
the e x i s ti n g discriminatory
practices of that ·association, regardless of where the Metropolitan Opera performs. We are
confident that many of the Metr opolitan Opera's artists will
join us if necessa ry."

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