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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
University of North Carolina at Charlotte University Archives
Creator
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee (N.C.).
Title
Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee records
ID
MS0101
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1961-1969
Date [inclusive]
1960-1969
Extent
1.0 Linear foot
General Physical Description note
1,800 items
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 established by Mayor Stanford R. Brookshire (1961-69) as the Mayor's Community Relations Committee in 1961 in order to ease racial tensions and gradually implement desegregation in Charlotte. The committee assumed its present name in 1969 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 hereof available to the public and promoting the quality of opportunity for all citizens.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection includes 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. Organized by committee.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of North Carolina at Charlotte University Archives

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.

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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-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee (N.C.).
  • North Carolina Good Neighbor Council.

Geographic Name(s)

  • Charlotte (N.C.)--Race relations
  • Mecklenburg County (N.C.)--Race relations

Subject(s)

  • Mayors--North Carolina--Charlotte

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Collection Inventory

Mayor's Friendly Relations Committee 1960-1961

Scope and Contents note

includes correspondence, minutes, and clippings of the committee appointed by Charlotte mayor James S. Smith (1957 61) in 1960 in response to racial tensions caused by the demonstrations by Johnson C. Smith University students against segregated lunch counters. 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

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Mayor's Community Relations Committee 1961-1969

Scope and Contents note

includes correspondence and minutes of the bi racial committee established by Brookshire in 1961. Much of the correspondence is laudatory of the committee's efforts, although some is vitrolic in nature. Cunningham also served as chair of this committee. He 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 items 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

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North Carolina Mayors Cooperating Committee 1963-1965

Scope and Contents note

Brookshire chaired this committee appointed by Governor Terry Sanford 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.

Box
1
Folder
13-15

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North Carolina Good Neighbor Council 1965-1967

Scope and Contents note

Brookshire served as a member of this committee initiated by Sanford in 1963 with the two fold 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
16

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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.

Box
1
Folder
17

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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.

Box
1
Folder
18

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