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Decatur^ Area Mayors
Blast Allen On 'Rights
Decatur Mayor Jack Hamilton says Atlanta Mayor Ivan
Allen was not "speaking for a metropolitan city of 1,000,000" did not speak for," said Mayor
when he told a senate committee the other day that "his I rank E. Coggin of Hapeville.
people" fayor the public accommodations section of Presi Mayor Coggin is also a state sena
tor from Fulton County.
dent Kennedy's proposed civil rights legislation.
Mayor Hamilton said he thought
Other mayors of the area com
Govemor Carl Sanders, who fol
"Mayor Allen wias .speaking as lowed Mayor Allen before the
representative of a minority gioup senate committee, "adequately re
in the City of Atlanta. His state futed" the Atlanta official's testi
ment definitely does not represent mony on the civil rights issue.
the sentiment of the metro area," Mayor Harvey Armistead of
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City of Atlanta often purport to
speak, agi'ee with Mayor Hamilton
that Mr. Allen was off base.
The
population
of
Atlamta
commented Mayor Gis Stephens of
proper is 504,000.
In
a
statement
Wednesday, East Point.
Qarkston commented; "Majp-r
Allen may have been speaking for
the 40,000 Negro bloc vote in his
own
to^vn,.huit he certamly wasn't
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Hapeville
District director of the Georgia
speaking for Clarkston or the rest
Municipal Association, said Mayor
"Yes, Mr. Allen was speaking of the metropolitan area."
Allen's testimony at the senate
for lone or two of our people, but
Mayor Hamilton said the area
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the mimicipalities before pi'esum
ing oni their position," he said.
He's Nuts
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asked by The New Ei-a to com-i
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"If Mayor Allen was going to
speak for the metropolitan area
of a million or more, which in
cludes Decatur, it would have been
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"Ivan Allen is nuts," snorted]
one day before giving his testdmony iln Washmgton.
"He talked about everything
else but civil rights during the
luncheon. We had no idea he was
planning to represent himself as
our spokesman," said the Decatur
executive.
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