Box 18, Folder 21, Document 36

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Box 18, Folder 21, Document 36

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ATLANTA UNIVERSITY
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ATLANTA, GEORGIA 30314
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July 10, 1967
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! SCHOOL 01" ARTS AN~ SCIENCES


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Mr. Eugene Patterson, Editor
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10 Forsyth Street Building
Atlanta, Georgia
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,,;, Dear Mr. Patterson:
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Mr. Coffin's article in Monday, July 10, 1967, Constitution contains
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speculation concerning my desires in connection with the


·selection of a new E0A Director. ·


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There is no objection to the mentioning of my name as a possi ble~
. ·c andidate, but Mr. Coffin goes beyond the bounds of reasonable judge:ment and speculation when he indicates that I "apparently want the job. 11
The record will show that my former appointment to the program was made
prior to any formal application and was accepted by me only after
. pressure from the Negro community was exerted.
Many people, includi ng some whites, have inquired about my availability for the position with E0A and all have received a negative
reply. · It would have been an easy matter for Mr. Coffin to check with
me before writing the news release. Indeed, the article gives the
impression of exceeding comment and analysis; it is dangerously close
to attempting to i nfluence what happens .
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I would appreciat e having my feelings expressed accurat ely or
having this letter published in your newspaper .
Sincerely yours,
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Tilman C. Cothran, Chairman
Department of Sociol ogy
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Mr. Alex Coffin, Reporter
Atlanta Constitut ion
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