National Affairs: Is Golf Necessary?

In Atlanta, Mayor William Berry Hartsfield last week instructed the Parks Department to obey a recent decision of the U.S. Supreme Court (TIME, Nov. 21) and open the city's seven municipal golf courses to Negroes.

"We have but two alternatives," Mayor Hartsfield said, "to comply with the court order, or close down and cease operation of our golf courses.

"Should we close our courses, it would deprive nearly 70,000 white players and 100 city employees of their jobs and their rights in order to deny a few dozen Negro players the use of the golf...

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