Reprinted from yesterday's late editions.
On the tenth anniversary of the National Urban Coalition, "friends of the city" - mayors, congressmen, industrialists, black leaders, community workers - joined Tuesday night at the Washington Hilton in a celebration that was marked by a diversity of moods.
There was joy over the coalition's accomplishments, yet sadness over the absence of humanitarian award winner, Hubert H. Humphrey. And underlining the entire evening was an uncertainty about how strongly President Carter would support the cities when he makes his urban policy statement next month.
"Some of us are shocked and disturbed that a Democratic president in his State of the Union address would make only a vague reference to blacks and an oblique reference to cities," said M. Carl Holman, president of the coalition, earlier Tuesday.
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Patricia Roberts Harris, the guest speaker, did her best to allay doubts among the huge turnout of almost 1,500, saying, "Let me assure you that I have not become a member of this government to forget the business yet undone."
Harris also said that Carter "has approved the statement of principles and objectives developed by the Urban and Regional Policy Group," Carter's cities think tank.
Originally, the dinner was planned as a tribute to Humphrey, who was remembered as a founder and supporter of the coalition. John W. Kluge, president and chairman of the board of Metromedia, Inc., said he came especially to honor Humphrey, as did a group of 10 black politicians from Alabama. Mrs. Frances H. Howard, Humphrey's sister, accepted Humphrey's award after Holman had said of the late Minnesota senator: "In a world too full of imitators, he was a creator; in a world too full of takers he was a giver."
Also honored by the coalition were John Riccardo, the chairman of the board of the Chrysler Corporation; Glenn Watts, president of the Communications Workers of America; Landrieu; Lloyd Cooke, a former corporate director for Union Carbide Corporation; four community workers - Gale Cincotta of Chicago, Helen Kelly of Detroit, Juan Patlan of San Antonio and Francisco Trilla of Brooklyn - and two journalists - Charlayne Hunter-Gault of PBS and Bill Moyers of CBS. Among the presenters were John W. Gardner, the former chairman of the coalition, and Andrew Heiskell, chairman of Time, Inc., also a founder.