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J. BENNETT JOHNSTON JR. - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 10/01/1974 - HFSID 79184

J. BENNETT JOHNSTON, JR. Senator from Louisiana sends a letter urging the Department of Education's support of the SMILE Community Agency. Typed letter signed: "Bennett Johnston Jr ", in black ink, 1 page, 8½x11. Washington, D.C., October 1, 1974. On his Senate Letterhead, Washington, to "Dear Mr.

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J. BENNETT JOHNSTON, JR.
Senator from Louisiana sends a letter urging the Department of Education's support of the SMILE Community Agency.
Typed letter signed: "Bennett Johnston Jr ", in black ink, 1 page, 8½x11. Washington, D.C., October 1, 1974. On his Senate Letterhead, Washington, to "Dear Mr. Goldberg", Mr. Herman R. Goldberg, Associate Commissioner for Equal Educational Opportunity Office of Education Department of Health, Education and Welfare, in full: "Mr. Larry Rochon, Executive Director of the Saint Martin Iberia Lafayette Community Action Agency (SMILE), has brought to my attention SMILE'S submission to the Office of Education in Dallas of a proposal for discretionary ESAA funding. Mr. Rochon has furnished me several copies of this proposal and I have read them closely. As you may know, SMILE has been one of the most effective community action programs in Louisiana and has achieved significantly under the leadership of Mr. Rochon. In addition, as the supportive letters indicate, SMILE has the virtual unqualified support of local governing officials in all of the parishes that it serves in Louisiana. As you know, political acceptance is essential to the effective functioning of Community Action Agencies in whichever programs they become involved in delivering. Finally, the program reveals that is rather soundly structured and promises to be of tremendous benefit to the people of the action area of SMILE. Therefore, I hope you will give SMILE's application your close consideration and take favorable action on their proposal as soon as possible. With kindest regards, I am, Sincerely ,". John Bennett Johnston, Jr. (b.1932) served as a United States Senator from Louisiana from 1972 to 1997. An effective lobbyist, he chaired the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (1987-1995) and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (1975-1976). In 2010, Johnston received the National Parks Conservation Association Centennial Leadership Award. Normal mailing folds. Slightly toned and creased. Staple holes at top left corner. Otherwise, fine condition.

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