Box 19, Folder 11, Document 27

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Box 19, Folder 11, Document 27

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Atlant a, Georgi a
October 1 , 1966
Mr . Ivan Allen, Mayor
City Hall
68 Mitchell Street ,
Atlant a , Georgia
Dear Mayor Allen:
No doubt you have al ready heard of the people ' s unfavorable reaction t o
your speech on T. v., l ast Thursday night , agains t our newl y- elected
Gover nor , cal l i ng the people who voted for him, 11I GNORANT 11 • This wi ll
not s oon be forgotten.
I r ode the bus into Atla nta, Fr i day morning , and t he t opic of conversation,
among nzy- f ellow- passengers , was your speech and your derogatory r emarks
agai nst Mr . Maddox . One woman passenger, who appeared to be i n her middle
seventies, s a i d "I n all nzy- l ife, I have never seen as much venom in a manr s
eyes as you had in yours during your speech agai nst our choice f or t he next
Govenor of Georg_iaV As in the case of the Atlanta Newspapers, w. s. B.,
every knock, the people reacted the s ame - EVERY KNOCK TO MR. MADDOX WAS A
BOOST .
If f ormer Mayor Hart sfield saw all the hat red , bi t terness and jealousy displayed during your speech, he will change hi s mind about 11 THE PEOPLE OF
ATLANTA BEING TOO BUSY TO HATE. 11
Mr . Mayor , instead of your worrying abput the seal of our great state of
Georgia being tarnished, by the people• s choice for our nex~· Governor of
the s t at e of Georgia, you had better be worrying about the tarnish to you,
due to that unjust speech you made against Mr. Maddox and the people of
the state of Georgi a , which ,u ll not rub off , even if you used one of
Mr . Maddo~ 1 s pick handles.
Mr . Mayor, you should have 1 t Martin Luther King make his own speec\J. if
you intend to ever run f or public office again, because the speech in
question neither won you a.ey vot es nor influenced the people . You left
out part of Martin ' s s peech - the part where he said t hat Mr . Maddox •s being
elected Governor made him sorry that he is a Georgian. Thousands of Georgians
share his sentiments - for we, t oo , are sorry th the is a Georgian.
I have never had the pleasure of meeting M;r . Maddox, but I feel sure that
he is a Christian, standing up for what we all know in our hearts is right.
Mr . Maddox is the Horatio Alger-type , having worked hard all his life to
make this world a better place in which to live. I have always voted for
Mr . Maddox, and will continue to do so.
Mr. Allen, you have shown the firemen of the city of Atlanta no consideration
whatsoever. All the firemen I know have to work at t wo jobs to earn a l i ving, but
you wouldn•t know anything about that, would you?
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Happy fishing to you and Martin Luther, come voting day, NOVEMBER 8th.
Mr . Maddox will have enough votes without yours and Martin•s to win.
I would like to sign off, for now, with this little poem:
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THERE IS A DESTINY THAT MAKES US BROTHERS
NONE GOES HIS -AY ALONE.
ALL THAT VfE SEND INTO THE LIVES OF OTHERS
COMES BACK INTO OUR OV!N. 11
Think about this poem when dealing with our city firemen, won•t you?
Sincerely
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LMrs.: Grace Rice Atlanta , Georgia
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