Senate Majority Leader Lyndon Johnson is trying to line up support this morning for a move to end the four day Civil Rights filibuster.
Pickets -- PAN to Capitol
Pickets toward camera
2 SHOTS -- Pickets, holding up signs
LS -- Capitol dome
LS -- Speaker speaking to pickets
Pickets kneeling -- Capitol in background
Police on steps
LS -- Pickets praying -- PAN to Capitol.
Background: Senate Majority Leader Lyndon Johnson is trying to line up support this morning for a move to end the four day Civil Rights filibuster. Johnson has a compromise voting rights substitute bill that he hopes to get Republicans interested in to cut off the debate. The G-O-P senators are to meet about noon to talk it over. But in the meantime, the debate drones on. Last night Lousiana's Russell Long (CQ) held the floor for more than eleven hours.
The Southerners are working in teams of three on the floor at a time. While they talked yesterday, about 130 (one-hundred and thirty) negro students turned up outside the capitol to demonstrate for the Civil Rights Bill.
The students -- most of them from Howard University -- marched in single file around a plaza on the capitol's West front. They originally carried signs and placards, but capitol police told them demonstrations and banners were forbidden on the capitol grounds.
They marched and sang for an hour, then police persuaded them to leave the capitol grounds. They transferred the marching to a spot below the capital, and knelt briefly in prayer before - winding up their demonstrations. Their signs were confiscated, but none of them was arrested.