SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY DALLAS 22, TEXAS HASTINGS HARRISON Senior Consultant to the President July 12, 1963 President John F. Kennedy The White House Washington, D.C. Dear Mr. President: You may or may not be aware of the great service that is being rendered to our country and to an enlightened understanding of your administration through the many significant public appearances that are being made by your Special Assistant, the Honorable Brooks Hays. It is obvious that I am his personal friend. I am proud of the fact that we have been close friends for more than twenty years. Mr. Hays has no knowledge of the fact that I am writing you this letter, and might suggest that I not do so if I should consult him about the matter. Dr. Luther Holcomb, Executive Director of the Greater Dallas Council of Churches, and I and several other admirers of Mr. Hays in this area have arranged numbers of engagements that Mr. Hays has filled when coming here for some primary, major engagement, such as his recent appearance as the principal speaker before eight thousand men at the National Convention of the Men of the Presbyterian Church. While he was here he spoke at a luncheon of the Dallas Rotary Club, at which he received a standing ovation. He was accorded a similar reception as a speaker at a luncheon of the Dallas Salesmanship Club. As he has stood before these clubs, he has expressed his love for you and has spoken courageously and effectively in behalf of justice and equal rights for all of our citizens.