Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee Records, 1960-1969

Series 1, Mayor's Friendly Relations Committee, 1960-1961
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee was first established by Mayor James Saxon Smith as the Mayor's Friendly Relationship Committee in 1960 in response to sit-ins at lunch counters led by Johnson C. Smith students in uptown Charlotte on February 12, 1960. The committee was chaired by John R. Cunningham, director of the Presbyterian Foundation and retired president of Davidson College. James F. Wertz, pastor of St. Paul's Baptist Church, served as vice chair.
Series 2, Mayor's Community Relations Committee, 1961-1969
John Cunningham served as the first chair of the Mayor's Community Relations Committee, and was succeeded by Warner L. Hall, senior minister of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, in 1965. Jack L. Bullard was hired as the committee's first executive director in 1968. Includes content relating to the 1965 bombings of the homes of prominent black Charlotteans Fred Alexander, Kelly Alexander, Sr., Reginald Hawkins, and Julius Chambers. Correspondents include George C. Wallace (4/5/65) and Robert F. Kennedy (6/24/63, 7/8/63).
Series 3, North Carolina Organizations, 1963-1967
Governor Terry Sanford appointed Stanford Brookshire as chair of the North Carolina Mayors Cooperating Committee in 1963 to help resolve racial problems in North Carolina. In 1964, the committee published The Negro in North Carolina, which furnished guidelines for dealing with racial problems at the local level. Brookshire served as a member of the North Carolina Good Neighbor Council, initiated by Sanford in 1963, with the twofold mission of "encouraging employment of qualified people without regard to race and urging youth to become better trained and qualified for employment".
Series 4, National Organizations, 1963-1965
President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed Stanford Brookshire to the National Citizens Committee For Community Relations in 1964 to augment the work of the Community Relations Service established by the Civil Rights Bill. Brookshire served as a member of the United States Conference of Mayors Committee On Community Relations, which was formed in 1963 to implement the organization's policy objective of easing intergroup tension in the nation's cities.