Nation: Black Milepost

Reaching the top in Atlanta

Atlantans rightly pride themselves on their good race relations. Blacks and whites worked together to head off serious racial strife in the 1960s. They avoided further confrontations in the 1970s by compromising on a token voluntary school busing program. For four years Atlanta has had a black mayor, Maynard Jackson. Last week the city passed another milepost, for itself and the South, when Jesse Hill Jr., 51, a black insurance executive, became president of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, in effect becoming the titular head of the city's mostly white business establishment.

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