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Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee Records

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Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee Records

Records of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee
MS0101

Summary Information

Repository
J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte
Creator
Charlotte (N.C.). Mayor's Community Relations Committee. Mayor's Community Relations Committee.
Creator
Charlotte (N.C.). Mayor's Friendly Relations Committee. Mayor's Friendly Relations Committee.
Creator
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee (N.C.).
Title
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee records
ID
MS0101
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1961-1969
Date [inclusive]
1960-1990
Extent
1.0 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract
Records of a committee established in 1961 by the mayor of Charlotte to help ease racial tensions and to assist in the gradual desegregation of public facilities. Includes correspondence, minutes, and clippings relating to the committee and its predecessor, the Friendly Relations Committee. Also contains material from state and national groups, including the North Carolina Mayor's Cooperating Committee, North Carolina Good Neighbor Council, National Citizens Committee for Community Relations, and the United States Conference of Mayors Committee on Community Relations.

Preferred Citation note

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee Records. J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Biographical/Historical note

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee was first established by Mayor James Saxon Smith as the Mayor's Friendly Relationship Committee in 1960. The committee was formed in response to sit-in demonstrations at lunch counters led by Johnson C. Smith students in uptown Charlotte on February 12, 1960, which were organized to push Charlotte restaurants to desegregate and serve both black and white patrons. Mayor Smith established the committee to facilitate dialog between protestors and restauranteurs, who were able to come to an agreement and integrate many of Charlotte's restaurants in the early 1960s. Mayor Stanford R. Brookshire (1961-1969) broadened the scope of the committee to include issues of housing, education, equal opportunities for work, crime, and the impact of segregation on communities, and changed the name of the committee to the Mayor's Community Relations Committee in 1961.

The committee's name changed again in 1969 to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee to reflect the broader membership through appointments by the chair of the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee is composed of 60 members who are appointed for three year terms. The appointments are made by the mayor of Charlotte and the chair of the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners. The Committee's responsibilities include studying problems in the areas of human and community relations and to make the results available to the public and promoting the quality of opportunity for all citizens.

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Scope and Contents note

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee records include correspondence, minutes, and clippings of the Mayor's Community Relations Committee and the Mayor's Friendly Relations Committee. Related series document state and national community relations committees, which include the North Carolina Mayor's Cooperating Committee, the North Carolina Good Neighbor Council, the National Citizens Committee for Community Relations, and the United States Conference of Mayors Committee on Community Relations. The collection is organized by committee.

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Arrangement note

Arranged in five series.

Series 1, Mayor's Friendly Relations Committee

Series 2, Mayor's Community Relations Committee

Series 3, North Carolina Organizations

Series 4, National Organizations

Series 5, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte

9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC, 28223
704-687-1170
spec-coll@uncc.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use note

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee, 1985.

Available Online

Selected materials have been digitized and are available in the digital collection Benjamin S. Horack Papers.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Fred D. Alexander Papers (Mss 91); John M. Belk Papers (Mss 60); Stanford R. Brookshire Papers (Mss 41); Harry Golden Papers (Mss 20); Kenneth R. Harris Papers (Mss 89).

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Charlotte (N.C.). Mayor's Community Relations Committee. Mayor's Community Relations Committee.
  • Charlotte (N.C.). Mayor's Friendly Relations Committee. Mayor's Friendly Relations Committee.
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee (N.C.).

Geographic Name(s)

  • Charlotte (N.C.)--Politics and government--20th century
  • Charlotte (N.C.)--Race relations
  • Mecklenburg County (N.C.)--Race relations

Personal Name(s)

  • Brookshire, Stanford R., 1905-1990
  • Smith, James Saxon

Subject(s)

  • African Americans--Segregation--North Carolina--Charlotte
  • Civil rights movements--Southern States--History--20th century
  • Civil rights--North Carolina--Charlotte
  • Discrimination in public accommodations--North Carolina
  • Mayors--North Carolina--Charlotte
  • Municipal government--North Carolina--Charlotte
  • Race discrimination--North Carolina--Charlotte

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Collection Inventory

Mayor's Friendly Relations Committee 1960-1961 

Scope and Contents note

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee was first established by Mayor James Saxon Smith as the Mayor's Friendly Relationship Committee in 1960 in response to sit-ins at lunch counters led by Johnson C. Smith students in uptown Charlotte on February 12, 1960. The committee was chaired by John R. Cunningham, director of the Presbyterian Foundation and retired president of Davidson College. James F. Wertz, pastor of St. Paul's Baptist Church, served as vice chair.

Box
1
Folder
1-3

Correspondence 1960-1961 

Minutes 1960-1961 

Clippings 1960-1961 

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Mayor's Community Relations Committee 1961-1969 

Scope and Contents note

John Cunningham served as the first chair of the Mayor's Community Relations Committee, and was succeeded by Warner L. Hall, senior minister of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, in 1965. Jack L. Bullard was hired as the committee's first executive director in 1968. Includes content relating to the 1965 bombings of the homes of prominent black Charlotteans Fred Alexander, Kelly Alexander, Sr., Reginald Hawkins, and Julius Chambers. Correspondents include George C. Wallace (4/5/65) and Robert F. Kennedy (6/24/63, 7/8/63).

Box
1
Folder
4-12

Correspondence 1961-1962 

Correspondence January - June 1963 

Correspondence July - December 1963 

Correspondence 1964 

Correspondence 1965 

Correspondence 1966-1969 

Minutes 1961-1964 

Minutes 1965-1968 

Minutes 1969 

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North Carolina Organizations 1963-1967 

Scope and Contents note

Governor Terry Sanford appointed Stanford Brookshire as chair of the North Carolina Mayors Cooperating Committee in 1963 to help resolve racial problems in North Carolina. In 1964, the committee published The Negro in North Carolina, which furnished guidelines for dealing with racial problems at the local level. Brookshire served as a member of the North Carolina Good Neighbor Council, initiated by Sanford in 1963, with the twofold mission of "encouraging employment of qualified people without regard to race and urging youth to become better trained and qualified for employment."

Box
1
Folder
13-15

North Carolina Mayors Cooperating Committee 1963 

North Carolina Mayors Cooperating Committee February - September 1964 

North Carolina Mayors Cooperating Committee October 1964-1965  

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North Carolina Good Neighbor Council 1965-1967 

1 16

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National Organizations 1963-1965 

Scope and Contents note

President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed Stanford Brookshire to the National Citizens Committee For Community Relations in 1964 to augment the work of the Community Relations Service established by the Civil Rights Bill. Brookshire served as a member of the United States Conference of Mayors Committee On Community Relations, which was formed in 1963 to implement the organization's policy objective of easing intergroup tension in the nation's cities.

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National Citizens Committee For Community Relations 1964-1965 

Scope and Contents note

Brookshire served as a member of this committee appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964 to augment the work of the Community Relations Service established by the Civil Rights Bill.

1 17

United States Conference of Mayors Committee On Community Relations 1963-1964 

Scope and Contents note

Brookshire served as a member of this committee that was formed in 1963 to implement Conference policy objectives of easing inter group tension in the nation's cities.

1 18

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee 1979-1990 

Box Folder

Report to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education May 8, 1979 

1 19

Clippings 1986-1990 

1 20

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