THE FOREIGN SERVICE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA American Embassy, Freetown, Sierra Leone, April 18, 1963. Dear Mr. President: I am writing to tell you of the excellent impression which Mr. and Mrs. Brooks Hays have made on the people of this country. The never failing charm and wit of Mr. Hays added to his obvious sincerity won himself, and I believe also the United States, many new friends in this country. Mr. Hays was especially effective in his discussions with the students and faculty at Fourah Bay College, an assemblage of religious leaders in Freetown, and in meetings with the Sierra Leone Youth Council. Mr. Hays' explanation of his role in and the meaning of the Little Rock crisis was particularly effective. Little Rock still invokes an emotional, if generally uninformed, response from the African elite of this community. I was particularly delighted that the length of the visit of Mr. and Mrs. Hays allowed them sufficient time to get out of the Freetown area and into the back country. There again, Mr. and Mrs. Hays' approach to life and other people both charmed and flattered all whom they met. Both American Missionaries and Paramount Chiefs were delighted with the Hays and were impressed that a man of his stature would take the time to come into the "bush" to visit them. I believe that I can truthfully say that the Hays' visit made a valuable contribution to U.S.-Sierra Leone relations and that Mr. Hays both by his personal example and by the tale which he has to tell went far in correcting some of the myths current in this country regarding racial tensions and incidents in the United States. Faithfully yours, A.S.J. Carnahan The President, The White House.
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