Thelwell to RPW Letter 8/5/64
Mike Thelwell continues his correspondence with Warren and asks him to sit on a panel in New York regarding the need to continue containing violence in Mississippi. He mentions that Warren had been disappointed at his inability to sit on the earlier panel in Washington and that transcripts of that panel had been sent to Warren.
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8 1/2 RAYMOND STREET, N.W., ATLANTA, GEORGIA 30314 ' 404-688-0331
100 FIFTH AVENUE, NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10011 ' YUKON 9-1313
August 5, 1964
Mr. Robert Penn Warren
2495 Redding Road
Dear Mr. Warren:
I trust that you have received a transcript of the hearings
we held in Washington around the subject of terrorism and lawlessness
Our office in New York is arranging similar hearings for August
20th at the Town Hall in New York. The format of this hearing will
be very similar to the Washington one. The prominent trial attorney
Ephraim London will conduct the hearings. We have invited prominent
political figures to sit on the panel. We hope to have Senators
Javits and Keating and Congressman Ryan on our panel.
We are fearful that as soon as the summer volunteers leave the
state and national attention is removed, the old patterns will
resume. It was only due to a determined federal posture after the
murder of three workers in Philadelphia that we are able to
conduct the project (which was very successful) without further
loss of life. We are very anxious that this protection be continued,
as events this summer has shown that violence in Mississippi
can be contained.
The purpose of the hearings will be to point out the danger
that faces local Mississippians who have worked with the project,
and to underline the need for continuous law enforcement.
I would normally be very reluctant to ask you to interrupt your
vacation, but I recall your interest in the Washington hearings
and your disappointment in not being able to participate in them.
If you are able to sit on this panel, I will appreciate your contacting
Mrs. Julea Prettyman at the New York address. Your
assistance in this matter will be greatly apprectated.
For New York SNCC
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