Box 18, Folder 20, Document 28

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Box 18, Folder 20, Document 28

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The Honorable Ivan Allen, Jr., Mayor City of Atlanta
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The Atlanta Summit Leadership Conference, A Coordinating
Coalition of Atlanta Organizations and Community Leadership.
Primary Sponsors: ·NAACP, Opera ti on Breadbasket, Atlanta
Negro Voters League, All-Citizens Registration Committee and
·· ACCA. Summit Co-Chairmen: Jesse Hill, Jr., .Rev. $. W. Williams and Alderman Q. V. Williamson .
State of Our City and the Negro Community, special requests
and concerns. Presented by Special City Affairs Committee.
Our Committee is here to reaffirm its interest and confidence in
__ ,__ _ t_h~ __{ut_ure __gf _Atlanta and to express our desire to share in the responsibility of its continued growth and greatness.
It is our desire and
intention to share at all levels and in all arease
This morning we wish
to make the following requests and express concerns indicated:
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Special Requests -
The appointment of a Negro to Deputy Staff level in the
Personnel Dept., under General Sutherland» and the hiring
of a Negro Recruiter.
An Equal Employment Opportunity clause with in enforcement
provisions in all City Purchasing Contracts.
The immediate desegregation of the Main Library staff and
the desegregation and merit promotion of personnel in
branch staffs.
The hiring of Negro Housing Inspectors.
The hiring of Negro Judges in the Traffic and Municipal
Courts not as Ad Hoc Judges but regular Judgeship statu~.
The Installation of an Information Desk ·in lqbby of City
The revival of the City's Equal Employment Opportunity
Committee, formerly headed by the late Alderman John A.
White, and included the late Attorney A. T. Wolden and
Clarence Coleman.
Second Request for a list and description including
· purpose and top staff of all federal funded or assisted
programs of the City of Atlanta. This request was made

many. months ago shortly after Mr. Dan Sweat was named to

his current position •
Ho~sing Urban Renewal, Modei Cities .
Our Community and our City Government are on a "collision ·
course" in Urban . Renewal, Housing the prop~sed .Model - Cities
Prog~am • . We have already informed· yo~ of our ·endbrsement
of our community po siti on on Housing as setforth by the
NAACP through President A. M. Davis.
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The Atlanta Summit Leadership Conference ·- · ·
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Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr
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· May 10, 19q7
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We take this opportunity to inform you of our endorsement of the
proposals submitted by Rep·. John Hood on "Model Cities" including
immediate action for changes in the Executive Board.
We also request
that the Planning Fund Request, Technical Advisory aoard be revised to
include our suggestion for Negro experts to be included (plus other
job categories).
Urban Renewal
The Negro Community has seen Urban Renewal too often implemented
as "Negro Removal".
We also see it as business and sizable financial
transactions, where representatives of our race have been excluded
, ____ _from major financial transactions, a crucial item that could along with
other ills in Model Cities, and Housing cause Atlanta to lose the Negro
Community support of all Federal HUD Programs, a strong united complaint
from our community to HUD Secretary Robert Weaver requesting a h.a l t in
HUD funds for Atlanta.
The crucial case in point is the Rockdale Project. (Alderman
Williamson will explain our position) where a Negro church, Union
Baptist is the sponsor, a Negro architect and Negro agents are pri. maril y tnvol ved.
In view of the evils and discrimination uncovered by Alderman
Williamson recently in the City Construction Department, we request a
survey or investigation of all city departments. The investigating
staff should include representatives of the Equal Employment Opportunities Committee and the City Human Relations Commission.
We also request a summary report of involvement of Negroes in .
the City Government (staff and policy) and a summary report of the status
of compliance of Atlanta with the Civil Rights Law. Negroes are still
. receiving public accommodati?p insults in our city.
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· Park Facilities
We request a Crash Program to correct the many years of discrimination in the location of park facilities and the quality of park
facilities ~nd golf courses in our city.
Status of Alderman Q. V. Williamson
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apologize -to Alderman Williamson for · this pe·rsonal
He had no knowledge . that this item would be included.
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The Atlanta Summit Leadership Conference
Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr
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May 10, 1967.
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However, we note that you have appointed every one i-n his tenure
class or older to charimanships of committees but him. In the case of
Hugh Pierce he has a chairmanship and a vice chairmanship. Mr.
Williamson has neither a chairmanship nor a vice chairmanship. We
suggest that he be considered as chairman of the Equal Employment Op- .
portunity Committee to succeed the late John White as a beginning to
correct this situation •
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