Demonstrations in support of the Negro voting-rights march in Alabama were held in several cities around the United States Sunday, March 21, including Washington and New York.
Demonstrations in support of the Negro voting-rights march in Alabama were held in several cities around the United States Sunday, March 21, including Washington and New York. In Washington, Negro leader James Farmer led a march and rally at a park near the Capitol. In New York City, there was a march in the Bronx borough and a rally in Manhattan.
James Farmer, the national director of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) led more than 200 white and Negro demonstrators from the White House to a park near the Capitol. Many of the marchers were students who had just ended around-the-clock demonstrations in front of the White House.
By the time the rally in the Capitol area begin, the crowd had swelled to 500. Addressing the rally, Farmer praised President Johnson's recent speech calling for a strong voting-rights bill. But Farmer said demonstrations would continue to be necessary to keep up the pressure for further progress in Negro rights.
Besides demonstrating support for the Alabama marchers, the Washington rally was held to demand the unseating of Congressmen from southern states that restrict Negro voting rights.
In the Bronx borough of New York City, about 600 whites and Negroes marched for about two miles Sunday in support of the Alabama protest. The demonstration was called by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). The marchers included students; Protestant, Catholic and Jewish clergymen; nuns from the Catholic Interracial Council, and a contingent from New York's small but influential Liberal Party. The demonstration ended with speeches at the Bronx County Courthouse.