Mrs. Edward Johnston
July 26, 1966
Hon. Wm H. Bates
This letter is being written to ask your support of the 1966 Civil Rights Bill and to oppose any weakening amendments – particularly any attempts to delete the provision establishing a Fair Housing Board to enforce the prohibition against housing discrimination.
I also ask your support of any effort to strengthen the bill, in line with the points made in the Consensus of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (SCCR)
Thank you sincerely.
Mrs Edward W. Johnston R.
Member Haverhill Council of Ch Women
Judiciary – Civil Rights Johnston, Edward W. Mrs.
July 28, 1966
Mrs. Edward W. Johnston
79 Kenoza Street
Dear Mrs. Johnston:
I appreciate your letter of July 26th urging my support of civil rights legislation.
As you know, Title IV was considered to be the primary controversial section of this bill and it has not been mended. I intend to support this Section which is somewhat akin to our Massachusetts law.
There are, as you probably know, some ambiguities in the bill which were discovered after it was reported by the Committee and I believe that these matters should be clarified.
Thanking you for writing to me on this important matter, and with kindest regards, I am
William H. Bates
Haverhill Council of Church Women to Congressman Bates, July, 1966. Letter. William Henry Bates Papers, 1941-1973. North Shore Political Archives 98-02, Folder: “Legislative Files-Judiciary-Civil Rights Act (1966) Box 3-4. Salem State College Archives.