Box 20, Folder 2, Document 40

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PHONE 448-2171
ON THE NORTHEAST FREEWAY AT NORCROSS-TUCKER ROAD, PO BOX 19682, ATLANTA 25 , GEORGIA
July 29th 1963
The Honorable Ivan Allen Jr
Mayor of The City of Atlanta
City Hall
Atlanta Georgia
My dear Mr Mayor
I was indeed shocked and surprised to hear a telecast of your
recent testimony before the Senate Commerce Committee in
Washington. I assume this was your formal announcement to the
people of Atlanta that you do not intend to seek re-election
to the office of Mayor.
I was, to this point, pleased that I had a ctively supported and
voted for you in your election to this office. I fel t then and
feel now that the City of Atlanta must take a realistic approach
to all problems--and at this time, particularly to segregation .
There are moderates and there are extremists--extremists in both
directions .
I do not feel that our City has room f or an extremist-regardless of his direction.
For you to go before a national television audience and give the
impression that the City of Atlanta supports the very socialistic
ideas put forth by the subject legislation is absolutely ridiculous.
You are express ing a personal viewpoint and o ne that I feel must b e
p e rsonally inclinated . You c ould not have the interest of the
p e ople as a whol e at h eart .
T H E
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REVO L UT I ONARY
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�The Honorable Ivan Allen Jr
Mayor of The City of Atlanta
Atlanta Georgia
July 29th 1963
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We are a small locally-owned business that attempts to run all
of its affairs in an orderly and equitable fashion. We would
resent government intervention of the nature which you are
supporting if for no other reason than pride. But pride alone
is not the subject at hand. Where does socialism stop?
I do not mean to be disrespectful in my expressions of opinion.
I am thinking these things and I am talking these things. I
see no reason why I should not write them and direct them to the
p e rson about which I am thinking and talking. I wholeheartedly
disagree with you and I am confident that far more than the
majority of the citizens of Atlanta do not agree with you. I
do not feel that the "block" alone can elect the Mayor of Atlanta.
Sincerely yours
J HJr/mj

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