Preparations are in full swing in Washington to handle the Civil Rights March Wednesday (28 August) - expected to be by far the biggest demonstration in the capital in the nation's history.
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Background: Preparations are in full swing in Washington to handle the Civil Rights March Wednesday (28 August) - expected to be by far the biggest demonstration in the capital in the nation's history.
All told, some 200,000 persons are expected to take part in the march--although very few of them will arrive in Washington on foot.Most will come by bus or train.
All leaves have been cancelled for the capital's police force and troops will be available if the demonstration gets out of hand.No one expects it to do so, although the possibility of violence cannot be ruled out on a hot August day in a city that will be crammed to the bursting point.Leaders of the march have gone to great lengths to head off any violence.They have assigned 2,000 "marshals" to the crowd, many of them off-duty Negro policemen from New York City.
Goal of the march is the Lincoln Memorial, honouring the Great Emancipator.But first, the crowd will assemble on the Mall around the Washington monument, about a mile away, where they will be entertained by a group of Hollywood stars, including Marlon Brando.10 leaders will visit President Kennedy.
Chairs are already being placed near the Lincoln Memorial, scaffolding has been erected for television cameras, comfort stations are in place and miles of special communications wire are being strung.
The demonstration is supposed to be over by 5 o'clock and the marchers are supposed to head home.They had better get out of Washington quickly...a nationwide rail strike is scheduled to start at 12:01 a.m.Thursday (29 August).