Asheville Area Human Relations Council


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Minutes of Meeting Monday, February 1, 1966


The special Committee of Six met on Monday, February 7, 1966 at 7:30 p.m. in the City School's Board Room.


Present were the three members from the Asheville Area Council on Human Relations, Mr. Earl W. Eller, Mr. Charles H. Lindsley, and Mr. W. P. Griffin, and the three members from the Asheville-Buncombe County Citizens Organization, Mr. Robert L. Harrell, Mrs. Howard K. Harrison, and Mr. William S. Jones.


Mr. Lindsley was elected chairman of the Committee of Six and Mr. Jones secretary.


Discussion was held on the agenda for the meeting and the function and purpose of the Committee of Six. The proposal adapted by the Executive Committee of the Human Relations Council on January 28, 1966, was reviewed.

It is as follows:

Mr. Allen Gardner's "Observations Relative to the Proposed" were considered.

Mr. Griffin posed the question as to whether the Committee of Six should assume that the A.B.C.C.O. and the Human Relations Council will be dissolved following the formation of a new organization.


After Mrs. Harrison and Mr. Harrel explained the history, purpose and work of A.B.C.G.O., it was agreed that what was being sought now was a functioning Human Relations Council with a broader purpose, which would hear and act on complaints among other things. It was not assumed that the A.B.C.C.O. would dissolve.


Mr. Lindsley expressed the consensus that up-dating of the Human Relations Council's By-Laws was the appropriate way to achieve the changes sought.


After discussing membership and standing committees, it was agreed to name a subcommittees, it was agreed to name a subcommittee to draft new by-laws. Selected the Human Relations Council members was Mr. Eller, and by the A.B.C.C.O. members was Mr. Harrell.


It was agreed that the Committee of Six would meet to hear the subcommittee's report on Tuesday, February 22, 1966 at 7:30 p.m. in the School Board Room.


The meeting adjourned


Respectfully submitted,

William S. Jones, Secretary


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Proposal of the Committee of Six February 22, 1966




Article I - NAME

Section 1.

The name of this organization shall be the Asheville Area Council on Human Relations.


Article II - PURPOSE

Section I

The purpose of this, organization shall be

1) to improve the educational, economic, and cultural conditions of people in the Asheville area;

2) to promote good will among all people of our community;

3) to assist in creating an environment in the community which will generate solutions to problems before they reach crisis proportions;

4) to seek to identify problems in the area of human relations and to find solutions for them;

5) to interpret to the public the needs and aspirations of minority groups;

6) to attain the goal of equal opportunity for all people; and

7) to work ;toward the creation of a hope which will aid our community in becoming a more ideal American community for all the people



Section 1

Any person who is in accord with the purposes of the Asheville Area Council on Human Relations may apply to be a member. Application for membership shall be made to the Membership Committee. The Membership Committee shall report its recommendation on each application to the Board of Directors for its action at the next regular meeting of the Board.

(Membership on basis of application and invitation.)


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Section 1.

The Board of Directors shall be composed of the Officers of the Council, the Chairmen of the Standing Committees, and eight (8) Members-at-Large.


Section 2.

The Members-at-Large shall be chosen from the membership for a term of two (2) years (four for two-year terms and four for one -year terms at the beginning), half of them to be elected each year. The Members-at-Large shall be eligible to succeed themselves for a second term, after which they shall not be eligible for reelection for a year. The Members-at-Large shall be elected by the whole Council at its Annual Meeting. Nominations for Members-at-Large will be presented by the Nominating Committee, and nominations may be made from the floor.


Section 3.

The Board of Directors shall have the authority to fill vacancies on the Board which occur between Annual Meetings of the Council.


Section 4.

The Board of Directors shall establish regular stated meetings. The Board shall meet at least once each quarter.


Section 5.

A majority of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum for the conduct of its affairs.


Article V - OFFICERS

Section 1

The Officers of the organization shall be Chairman, two Vice-Chairman, Secretary, and Treasurer.


Section 2.

The duties of the Officers shall be the usual ones as outlined by Robert's Rules of Order, and such duties as may be assigned by the Board of Directors and the membership.


Section 3.

The Officers shall be elected by the full membership at the Annual Meeting. Their terms of office shall be one year. They shall

be eligible to succeed themselves for one term, after which they shall not be eligible for reelection for a year.


Section 4.

Officers shall be nominated by a Nominating Committee which shall be elected by the Board of Directors and composed of five (5) persons, two (2) from the Board and three (3) from the general membership. Nominations may also be made from the floor.


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Section 1.

The Council shall hold regular stated meetings, meeting at least once a quarter. The Annual Meeting of the Council shall be held in October.1


Section 2.

Special meetings of the Council may be called by the Chairman, and must be called at the written request of twelve (12) members of the Council.


Section 3.

Notice of each regular meeting shall be sent to each member in writing at least fourteen (14) days before the meeting. Notice of each special meeting shall state the time and place of the meeting and the nature of the business to be transited, and the notice shall be sent to each member at least ten (10) days before the meeting.


Section 4.

Council members present shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at all regular and special meetings.



Section 1.

The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors shall be compose of the Officers, and shall conduct the business of the organization between meetings of the Board in accordance with the policies of the Board. The actions of the Executive Committee shall be subject to the review and approval of the Board.


Section 2.

There shall be the following Standing Committees':

1) Membership

2) Employment

3) Education

4) Health and Welfare

5). Housing

6) Recreation

7) Intergroup Contacts


Section 3.

The Chairman shall appoint the chairmen and the members of the Standing Committees with the advice and approval of the Board.


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Section 1.

The fiscal year shall be the calendar year.


Section 2.

Annual dues shall be established by the Board of Directors.


Section 3.

A Budget shall be submitted by the Board of Directors to the Council at the next regular meeting of the Council following the Annual Meeting, for the Council's a approval.


Section 4.

In the event this organization should be dissolved, or otherwise its activities, then, all of the assets of the organization shall be distributed to a charitable, religious, or educational organization exempt under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1964 to be selected at that time by the Board of Directors.



Section 1.

These By-Laws may be amended at any Annual Meeting of the Council, in any special meeting of' the Council called for that purpose, by , majority of members present, provided a notice, containing the proposed changes, has been sent to members at least ten (10) days in advance of the meeting.


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Attorney at Law



March 14, 1966


Rev. Allen Gardner 52 Sunset Parkway Asheville, North Carolina


Dear Rev. Gardner:


There will be a meeting of the Executive Committee of the Asheville Area Council on Human Relations on March 25, 1966 at 4:00 P. M. at The Central YMCA.


This said meeting is for the purpose of discussing proposal of the Committee, which met with representatives of the Asheville-Buncombe County Citizens Organization.


Enclosed please find a copy of the minutes of the meeting held, Monday, February 7, 1966.


Very truly yours


Ruben J. Dailey



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If you're a white person, you probably believe most Negroes have just as much of a chance to make a. success of themselves as you do. You probably believe that it's just a matter of ambition and application. Well, you're wrong. And to prove how wrong you are, we're going tell you about the experience of a young Negro woman.


She lives in Asheville. She's been working as domestic in private homes. Some months ago she learned that the Asheville-Biltmore Technical Institute would offer night courses for adults who had not completed their high school education. Having dropped out of school in the eleventh grade, she wanted to better herself and seized upon the opportunity to win the equivalent of a high school diploma. It isn't easy to work by day and study by night. But she applied herself. And after several months of hard and dedicated study, scored on her test and won the "diploma" she had come to prize.


Fired with ambition, she determined to take a business course, hoping to learn typing, shorthand and office procedures, and to trade her domestic work for office employment. The Technical Institute had no such courses


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scheduled for the evening hours, so she made inquiry at several private schools. Calling by phone, and not wishing to be misunderstood, she frankly stated that she was a colored person. One of the schools asked her to come by for an interview. She did so. The instruction she wanted was available. She was quoted a price. But the cost of tuition — including books and instructional supplies—exceeded $500. It was more than she could afford. Unwilling to give up the idea of bettering her education, she asked a white friend for advice. It was then that she learned that the more-than-$500 cost was nearly double what white persons pay for identical courses.


Sort of makes you sick, doesn't it? We tell Negroes they have an equal opportunity. We urge them to better themselves. But those who have ambition and initiative and are willing to make sacrifices to better themselves aren't afforded the opportunities available to whites.


Private schools are a private business. As such they have every right to set their own standards of entrance and operation, But if such schools are effectively closed to ambitious Negroes, let's an answer in another direction. We urge the A-B Technical Institute to attempt to schedule business courses in the evening hours. Let's give Negroes a fair chance to move ahead.


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