• Short Summary

    ARMED STATE POLICE AND NATIONAL GUARDS RINGED THE CAPITOL BUILDING IN JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI, LAST NIGHT (SUNDAY) AS SOME 16,000 MARCHERS ARRIVED 20 ABREAST BEHIND THEIR LEADER, JAMES MEREDITH, FOR THE FINAL RALLY IN THEIR 22-DAY-OLD "MARCH AGAINST FEAR.

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    HUGE CROWD OF MARCHERS THROUGH JACKSON; GATHERING OUTSIDE THE CAPITOL BUILDING; MEREDITH ONTO PLATFORM (NATURAL SOF).




    Initials RM/-TELE/CCT/AM



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    Background: ARMED STATE POLICE AND NATIONAL GUARDS RINGED THE CAPITOL BUILDING IN JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI, LAST NIGHT (SUNDAY) AS SOME 16,000 MARCHERS ARRIVED 20 ABREAST BEHIND THEIR LEADER, JAMES MEREDITH, FOR THE FINAL RALLY IN THEIR 22-DAY-OLD "MARCH AGAINST FEAR. MEREDITH LATER TOLD THE MARCHERS THAT UNITED STATES NEGROES COULD NOT PERMIT WHITE SUPREMACY TO CONTINUE IN MISSISSIPPI.

    THE 33-YEAR-OLD MEREDITH, WHO BROKE THE "RACE BARRIER" AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI FOUR YEARS AGO, WAS WOUNDED FROM AMBUSH IN THE LEG TWO DAYS AFTER HE STARTED A LONE MARCH ON THE CAPITOL FROM THE STATE BORDER ON THE 5TH OF JUNE. THE THOUSANDS OF NEGROES AND MANY WHITES WHO JOINED IN THE MARCH INCLUDE THE LEADERS OF SEVERAL CIVIL RIGHTS ORGANISATIONS, INCLUDING DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING.

    ABOUT 200 POLICE AND SEVERAL HUNDRED NATIONAL GUARDS (MILITIA) ARMED WITH RIFLES, TEAR GAS AND MASKS, LINED UP AROUND THE STATE CAPITOL BUILDING AS THE MARCHERS ARRIVED. MEREDITH RODE AT THE HEAD OF THE PROCESSION IN A CLOSED CAR AFTER DOCTORS SAID HE SHOULD NOT WALK BECAUSE OF HIS LEG INJURIES. THE FINAL RALLY, LIKE THE MARCH ITSELF, WAS DESIGNED TO PRESS FOR REGISTRATION OF NEGRO VOTERS AND TO DRAMATISE THEIR POSITION IN THE POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC SPHERES.

    SPEAKING INTO A BATTERY OF MICROPHONES WHICH RELAYED HIS WORDS TO THE CROWD AND TO TELEVISION AUDIENCES ACROSS THE NATION, MEREDITH SAID: "THERE'S A THING IN MISSISSIPPI THAT IS PREVENTING WHITE PEOPLE FROM BEING DECENT. THAT THING IS WHITE SUPREMACY. THE PURPOSE OF THE MARCH THAT I STARTED THREE WEEKS AGO WAS TO POINT UP AND CHALLENGE THE THING AT THE BASE OF THE SYSTEM--FEAR. A FEAR THAT GRIPS THE NEGRO IN AMERICA TO HIS VERY BONES."

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    Film ID:
    VLVA18E29KU8309MYR8ICYI6ONT5M
    Media URN:
    VLVA18E29KU8309MYR8ICYI6ONT5M
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/06/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:21:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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