Box 19, Folder 8, Document 12

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Open Letter To Mayor Allen
Dear Sir:
We were never as shocked in our
lives as we were when we read
the cruel, childish, bigot remarks
of the Mayor of the "great" City
of Atlanta in your statement about
the election of Lester Maddox as
Democratic Nominee for Governor .
You know by now that you are
among the minority who think the
nomination of Lester Maddox for
Governor is ' 'deplorable, and as
for the "seal of the great State of
Georgia" being tarnished, such
was the case when you were
elected Mayor of Atlanta . On that
date, the "seal of the City of At.:.
lanta was tarnished" upon your
becoming Mayor by the " colored"
votes that elected you. The White
People of the State of Georgia
have spoken and you refuse to
listen. Your opinion is only one
against millions. You are denying
all Geor gians the cho ice of electing who they want to head the
State. That, in our opinion, is
- dictator sh ip. If you and Martin
Luther King a re asha med to be
called Geor gians, all we can s ay
to you is this , " There is no fence
around the State of Georgia and
you are free to leave whenever
you want to, " and we are sure no
one would be seen crying when you
go, except your Negro supporters. Maybe you can take them with
you ?
We do not appreciate being call ed ignorant! We make up our own
minds , as do the ma jority of the
people , for whom we wish to vote:
You have the s ame r ight, but jus t
because your "Golden Boy " didn't
win, you act like a SELFIS H
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CHILD. We lost our votes when we
voted for Mayor, too, but we didn •t
act like SELFISH CHILDREN
about it, like you are doing now.
Mr. Allen, if you plan to "go fishing" on November 8th and Lester Maddox wins, which he has a
ver y good chance of doing, you
s hould keep your mouth shut and
leave the choice up to the voters.
This is wh at you s hould have done
this time! We all !mow there is
nothing wor se than a politican
who is lost, except a politican
who sells his soul for a vote. We
realize you are in a vulnerable
position and that if you do not
scream loud enough for the
colored voters to support you in a
bloc type vote, then you know you
are lost as a politician.
YES, MR. ALLEN, we read yo ur
statement to the press, and you
have had your "say." Now, we, as
an independent group of people,
not "backed" by any organization, feel we have the r ight to
our opinions and to our .choice as
to who we want for Governor,
AND WE ARE GOING TO HAVE
IT IN NOVE MBER!!!
MR. ALLEN, WHAT ARE YOU
AFRAID OF ?!!!
Sincerely,
Mr s. G. Gilley
Mr s . c. Moore
Atlanta

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