The "March Against Fear" through the deep south of the United States, which was led by the negro lawyer, James Meredith, until he was ambushed and shot near Hernando, in Mississippi.
SCU MARCH LEADERS SINGING
CU POLICE MINGLE WITH CROWD
SV ROBERT GREEN ARGUES WITH POLICE CHIEF
CU POLICE CHIEF GIVES ASSURANCE SOF...
SV GREEN ADDRESSES CROWD
BV MARCHERS MOVE OFF...
MR. GREEN: "Some of your officers have been very rude, harassing and they've just called the driver in the car a 'nigger' and this type of behaviour does nothing but incite the crowd. We have not used any profanity towards your officers. We're attempting to be courteous and we're instructing all our marchers to be courteous, and we would appreciate it very much if you would not curse the women, and not use profanity and not call us niggers. We are not calling any names, that is not within the framework of non-violence and we would appreciate it very much if your officers would at least treat us with courtesy -- some courtesy -- and we would appreciate that very much."
POLICEMAN: "There will be no cursing. There will be no obscenity. This is a peaceful march as you all know. I didn't talk to you. I didn't talk to you this morning -- I wanted to. I want to know if your intentions are still for this to be a peaceful demonstration."
MR. GREEN: "Yes. So please, at no time do you heckle the police, or at the officers in any kind of way. Is that right! O.K., then. We're together. Let's give our best co-operation for this is a peaceful march. Now what do you want?"
MR. GREEN: "Well, let's continue the march."
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Background: The "March Against Fear" through the deep south of the United States, which was led by the negro lawyer, James Meredith, until he was ambushed and shot near Hernando, in Mississippi. Last Monday (June 6), moved on towards Jackson, the Mississippi State Capital yesterday (Friday).
The march, comprising 150 negros and white sympathisers, was heavily guarded by police as it moved slowly towards Jackson. At one stage there was an argument between police and Mr. Robert Green, Education Director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), after Highway Patrol police had ordered him to keep his car moving, instead of stopping by the marchers.