Tuesday, July 2, 1963: Plans for March on Washington
NEW YORK -- Leaders of the six largest national Negro groups decided today to march on Washington Aug. 28 in "the strongest action, numerically speaking, that we have ever held."
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, said the demonstration will press for civil rights legislation and dramatize the Negro unemployed situation.
He said the march will not be limited to Negroes. "We'll have machinery that will control the demonstration. No acts that could be considered civil disobedience will occur," he added.
The march is scheduled to coincide with debate in Congress on President Kennedy's civil rights bill.
-- Associated Press, July 2
Note: The Associated Press photo shows the leaders of the six groups. From left:
* John Lewis, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
* Whitney Young, National Urban League
* A. Phillip Randolph, Negro American Labor Council
* Martin Luther King, Southern Christian Leadership Conference
* James Farmer, Congress of Racial Equality
* Roy Wilkins, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
* "Proposed Plans for March" (planning document; from crmvet.org): @
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