RALEIGH, N.C. — American Telephone & Telegraph Corp. apologized Thursday after workers and a civil rights group complained about a drawing in this month's employee magazine that uses a monkey to depict Africans.
The drawing, which appeared on a games page, shows characters on several continents conversing by telephone. All of the characters are human except the one in Africa, which is a monkey.
The company said the drawing, done by a free-lance artist and submitted by an outside design firm that produces the magazine, slipped by its editors.
Mary L. Peeler, executive director of the North Carolina chapter of the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People, complained about the drawing this week in a letter to AT&T Chairman Robert E. Allen.