In Selma, Alabama, scene of much recent racial disorder, Negroes took voter registration tests without incident Monday (5 April).
In Selma, Alabama, scene of much recent racial disorder, Negroes took voter registration tests without incident Monday (5 April). But in another town in Alabama's Black Belt--Camden--five attempts at a voter march were broken up.
The voter registration day in Selma was the first to be held this month and the first since the big civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, the state capital.
The tests given the Negroes were time-consuming, but according to one applicant, they were not difficult. In the past some registrars have called upon Negroes to explain obscure sections of the state constitution as a pretext for denying them voting rights.
In Camden, Mayor F.R. Albritton personally led police in breaking up five attempts at a voter march by arresting 11 leaders and lobbing smoke and tear gas into crowd of demonstrators. The marchers, most of them teen-agers playing hookey from school, finally gave up their attempts to march and the mayor released the leaders. Few residents paid attention to the dispute.