Box 17, Folder 15, Document 5

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there is no si gn )'et that the railroad unio;~~
have achieved comparable enlightenment.
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. :...... lanta's Mayor Speaks
occas ions the orate t :c:nl fo i; on
Ca pitol Hill is pierced by a voice resonant with
courage and dignity. Such a voice was hea rd

wh en ~Iayor Ivan Allen Jr. of' Atlanta testifi ed
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before the Senate Commerce Committee in supn
port of President Kenncdy,'s bill to prohibi t
racial discrimi nation in stores, restaurants and
otj1c.>r public accommodati ons.

On the basis of the very subst,rn t ial accom:s plishments that his city of a hal(-milli on, the
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largest in the Southeas:, has made in desegregating publicly owned and privately owned facili. ,e
ties, he might have come as a champion of


n "states' rig hts" and of the ability of localities


,e to banish discrimination without Federal la w.
,1 Certainly, he would have had much more warrant to espouse that view than the Barretts, t he
Wallaces and the other arch-segrco-:1.tionists
who r aise the specter of Federal "usurpation"
id as a device for keeping Southern Negroes in
subjection.
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But Mr. Allen was not in Washington to boast.
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He was there to warn th at even in cities like
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Atianta. the progress that had been made might
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be wiped out if Congress turned its back on the
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Kennedy proposal and thus gave impli ed endorsement to the concept that private bnsihcsscs·
were free to di scrimin ate. He left behind this
cha rge to finish the job started with the Emanci pation Procla~ation a century ago : "Now the


s, elimination of segregation, which is slavery's


st stepchild, is a challenge to all of us to ma kc
every American free in fact as well as in theory
., .t• be - and again to establish our nation as the true
champion of ihe free world."
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many lands, including our own West, to the long
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histor y of insect devastation and human famine .
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weedy roadside, and you will see them leaping• ins
ahead of you, hear the rasping rattle of their Wre·
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harsh wings in brief fligl'it. Btit they do little real
·ish fiddling. The fiddlers now are the crickets.
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the crickets even though you seldom see "them.


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cricke lK , chirping as we say, and often into the
'Yarm ev ning. But in the evening, from dusk on
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•are, i,ynchronize th eir trills the sound 'can be as And t~·'·r
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