Three hundred protest marchers, some of them footsore and limping, trudged through intermittent rains Tuesday (23 March) on the Third day of their walk from Selma, Alabama, to the state capitol Montgomery.
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Background: Three hundred protest marchers, some of them footsore and limping, trudged through intermittent rains Tuesday (23 March) on the Third day of their walk from Selma, Alabama, to the state capitol Montgomery.
By noon Tuesday the procession had covered almost 30 of the 54 miles form Selma to Montgomery. As on the first two days, U.S. soldiers and Alabama National Guardsmen ordered into federal service by President Johnson were on hand to protect the marchers and clear the way for them.
The march is along U.S. Highway 80, the Jefferson Davis Highway - named for the man who was president of the Southern Confederacy during the American Civil War. Tuesday's route took the marchers through a large, desolate swamp. But despite the bleak countryside and the intermittent rains they seemed to be in good spirits. The marchers had broken camp at 8 AM Tuesday after spending the night in a pasture owned by a Negro woman. Plans called for them to cover 11 miles during the day.
The march, called to protest restrictions on voting and other discrimination against Negroes has been passing through what is considered particularly hostile territory - Lowndes County. About 80 percent of the county's residents are Negroes, but only one Negro is registered to vote there.
Dr. Martin Luther King temporarily gave up personal command of the march Tuesday in order to fly to Cleveland, Ohio, for a program in his honor. He was expected to return to the march Wednesday or Thursday, the final day.