Georgia: Different Bird

Though Lester Maddox refused to serve Negroes his fried chicken, he makes no bones about soliciting their patronage at the polls. A noisy racist who shuttered his Atlanta Pickrick Restaurant in 1964 rather than accept an integrated clientele, Maddox won the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in an upset runoff victory over former Governor Ellis Arnall, a racial moderate. Republicans thought that Maddox would be the less formidable candidate against their man, Congressman Howard ("Bo") Callaway, 39.

Maddox, 51, has proved a wilier bird than even his most knowing opponents anticipated. He has promised to appoint Negroes to state boards and —while...

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