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lntegrationists Set
Big Atlanta Drive
A~ Atlanta civil r ights group adnounced it is
launchm~ a. new a_nd n:1ore intensive attack on racial
s~grega.t10n m t he_ city with massive demonstrations civil
di.sobedience, fastmg and tougher terms of n t · 'ti
RaJph Moore, a past chairman
ego la on.
of the Committee on Appeal for Hall because qualified Negroes
Human Right, warned of "massive cannot obtain employment there.
~e said, "Just replacing a
demonstrations" and said 800-900 w~1te employe leaving City Hall
persons already are available for with a Negro is not fast enough.
mass street sit-ins.
We need cotTective action."
Spokesmen for the committee
~sked if this meant firing some
white persons so that more Nesaid at a press conference late groes could g~t on the payroll,
Monday afternoon it has become ~· _M~ re smiled and remarked,
necessary to r9-5ort to such mea- I didn t say that. I said we need
sures because city and business corrective action. "
officials are draggi ng their feet
and "Uncle Tom Negroes have
infiltrated the freedom movement."
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THE PRESS CONFERENCE ants
nouncemen came shortly after
13 white and Negro demonstrators
were sentenced to 34 days each in
Mu n i c i p a I Traffic Court on
charges of blocking traffic and
disorderly conduct - disturbance.
The charges stemmed from a
demonstration last Friday in front
of segregated Leb'.s Restaurant
h th
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w e~ e 13 persons J.g_t , down
the !'1te!;ieclion of Forsyth and
Luckie streets and blocked traffic
BE DID ASSERT, however, that
~egroes should be employed in
ci ty go_vernment in bhe same ratio
as thell' percentage in the genera! population..
He praised Mayor Allen for hi.s
support of P resident Kennedy's
proposed public accommodations
)~w but added the mayor still
has not exhausted his moral influence" in helping Atlanta Ne"achieve first-class citi-
~·:t:~.
"S0ce small, nonviolent demonstrat1on~ have been ineffective,"
he continued, " we're going to involve as many people in Atlanta
now as we can." He said his organization was now able to marshal 800-900 demonstrators.
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nfiltrated" the committee.
Larry Fox. 1egro student chair- Mr. Fox pointed out, "In the
man of the Committee on Appeal past three years, some people who
for Human Rights, attended the are no~ interested in the student
demonstrators' trial, then called a movement have tried to infiltrate
p r e s s conference immediately and water down our action."
after their conviction.
He said attempt~ are being
He said the rn prisoners refused made to oust "the Uncle Tom
the choice of paying a $34 fine types." He repeatedly declined
each and instead have pledged to to identify by name those memfast during their 34 days in jail. bers of the Atlanta Negro comThe actions of the demonstrators, munity that he considered "Uncle
he said, "have formally given Tom types."
notice that we are going to keep
Mr. Moore added that in future
trying to desegregate Atlanta."
negotiations with Mayor Allen,
the committee will refuse to talk
BE SAID, "We will continue if the mayor includes "Uncle r
street demonstrations unlil the Tom 'egroes·• at the bargaining
situation has heen remedied. un- table.
til segregation has been elimiHe said demonstrators will start
nated in Atlanta."
resorting now to street demonMr. Moore said demonstrations strations "because the police,
will be focused on Leb's Restau- judges. officials and the tate areJ
rant and on City Hall-Leb's be- not protecting them at restaucause it is a "symbol" of con- rants."
tinuL"lg segregation in the private
sector of the economy, and City
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