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"Mr. Public Health": Later Career, 1960-1967
Box Number: 57
Folder Number: 661
June 24, 1964
Dear Mr. President,
I am writing to urge that every power of your Office of President of the United
States be exercised to guarantee the safety and welfare of the many fine young
American boys and girls whose very lives are threatened by the present and
situation in the State of Mississippi.
These young people, Mr. President, are American citizens. It must be the
determination of the United States that their right to travel in Mississippi and
to lawfully pursue their efforts to help other American citizens obtain the right
to vote shall be safeguarded by the Federal Government. This is no longer a racial
matter. It is a matter of law and order.
It is a challenge to the authority of the United States government to enforce its
laws and to protect its citizens wherever they may go on legitimate business. This
challenge must be met. There is no alternative but to assert the power of the
United States with all its authority, to enforce the laws, and to see that every
citizen wherever he may be is fully protected. Once more, Mr. President, I urge
with all the power at my command, that you take immediate and decisive action to
correct the unconscionable situation existing in Mississippi.