Box 17, Folder 11, Document 61

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Box 17, Folder 11, Document 61

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42 Kirkland Street
Cambridge 38, Massachusetts
January 31, 1963
Dear Mayor Allen,
We want to congratulate you on your most unique idea for
furthering the progress of integration.
The method you chose for enhancing this all i mportant cause
is, in fact, so simple we can see why no one had thought of it
befor_e .
By setting up the "wall 11 in Cascade Heights you gave your
bet ter citizens (both Negro and White) a common enemy, therefore
causing them to put a side trivial diffe r ences, join forces, and
fi ght for somet hing much more i mport a nt--the need for basic
s urviva l .
Whe n s uc h 'heces si ties 11 a s medi ca l aid, food delive rys, f ire
f i ght i ng equ ipment, and school buses a re prevented from going
their pr escribed round~ it is obvious tha t mere color di f fere n ces
will b e lost i n the shuffle to r estore conditions to what t he
modern s ociety is a cc ust ome d to.
We exp ec t to see your wa ll in Cas ca de Heights go down in
history with the importanc e of Khrushc he v ' s wall in Be rlin and
Kennedy ' s blockade of Cuba .
That is, just as Khrushchev f orwarded freedom by allying
the freedom-loving peoples against his wall , and just as Kennedy
forwarded peace by a l lying the p ea ce -lov i ng peopl e s against his
blockade, you, Mayor All e n, have f orwarde d integration by allying
the Negro and Whit e peopl e s of Atlanta against your wall.
Again, congratulations !
Wi th our admiration,
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Bruce C. Barthel
William J. Apsit
BCB,WJA/lr

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