The First Lady: Down to Eartha

THE FIRST LADY

White House luncheons hosted by the First Lady are traditionally as dulcet as the ladies' favorite dessert of peppermint mousse. When Mrs. Lyndon Johnson invited 50 women "doers" to the first of a new series of campaign-oriented repasts devoted to national problems last week, she did not anticipate a side order of vinegar from one of her best-known guests, Negro Entertainer Eartha Kitt.

A South Carolina cotton picker as a child, Harlem slum dweller as a teenager, Singer Kitt listened with growing impatience to the women's pernickety reports about the causes of crime in the streets. Finally she spoke...