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Background: From noon Feb 29, the United States Senate at Washington, D.C., has been engaged in the first session of a battle over the voting rights of all southern Negroes. This "filibuster" debate on civil rights will continue for 24 hours a day until a vote is reached.
Eighteen Southern senators, led by Mr. Russell of Georgia, have vowed to use every parliamentary tactic to forestall a vote on Civil Rights legislation. One of these tactics is the quorum call which means that 51 of the 100 member senate must be present to constitute a valid meeting. For this reason, corridors in the Senate building have been lined with beds borrowed from the army so that Northern senators can sleep a little while their Southern opponents continue their "filibuster" speeches.
Proposed legislation deals largely with insuring voting rights to Negroes, many of whom in the South are in effect deprived of these rights by state and city laws, or by intimidation by the Ku Klax Klan and other elements.
The Civil Rights Commission reported that only 25% of Negroes of voting age in the southern States are registered, while 62% of eligible white people are on the electoral roll.
At dawn, Mar 1, the Senate voted 55 to 6 in favour of continuing the non-stop session, and so the test of endurance continues.