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LEONARD J. KERPELMAN
ATTORNEY AT LAW
500 EQuiTABLE BUILDING
CALVERT AND FAYETTE STS.
BALTIMORE 2, MARYLAND
TELEPHONE SA 7-8700
RESIDENCE NO 9-2112 September 13, 1966
Hon. Ivan Allen, Mayor
Dear Mayor Allen,
As a Democratic candidate for Mayor of Baltimore
City in next year's primary election, please allow me to
congratulate you, and express my broad admiration, for
the great social progress which has been made under your
leadership by Atlanta whites and Negroes; and for your
excellent handling of the explosive situation brought
upon you from outside by those like Stokely Carmichael
who are too full of hostility and too empty of patience,
and who, unlike any truly forward-looking citizen, have
no stake in the future of your progressive community.
In short, those who, in the memorable phrase of the
elder Rev. Martin Luther King, were referred to by him
when he said "Seems like nobody here wants to understand
anyb od x e
I hope that before many months have passed, the
Negro community of Atlanta, as well as Negro community
of Baltimore and of America will realize that racial pro-
egress for Negroes and the protection of the liberties of
both whites and Negroes requires a studious increase in
the measure of civic responsibility which is exercised
not only by whites, but by Negroes.
As it was said in Luke Chapter 12, "Unto whomsoever
much has been given, of him will much be required".
If you'll pardon a presently unpopular pronounce-
ment, much has been given to whites and much has been
given to Negroes.
Very sincerely yours
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Leonard J, Kervelman
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