The South: Rare Tribute

On the subject of race relations, Atlanta has long been one of the South's most enlightened cities. But it was remarkable even for Atlanta that some 750 whites, including most civic and business leaders, should gather last week with about the same number of Negroes to honor the man whose name is synonymous with progress in the U.S. civil rights movement—the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Problems. The idea of a dinner for King came from several white and Negro clergymen and educators and Atlanta Constitution Publisher Ralph McGill. It met with...

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