More than 1,000 Negro school children were arrested in Selma, Alabama and in the nearby town of Marion Wednesday (3 February) as Dr.
More than 1,000 Negro school children were arrested in Selma, Alabama and in the nearby town of Marion Wednesday (3 February) as Dr. Martin Luther King's voter registration drive grew in intensity.
State troopers took about 700 demonstrators into custody as they marched on the country courthouse in Marion. Most were charged with unlawful assembly or disobeying an officer. Three hundred youngsters, arrested in Selma, were charged with truancy.
Wednesday's arrests brought to more than 2,600 the number made in the Selma area since King opened his drive to obtain voting rights for Negro residents.
King has been in jail for three days, but he is directing the vote registration campaign by letter to subordinates.
Sheriff James Clark, a prime target of integrationists, let the Negro students in Selma sing "freedom" songs until they started to parade. He then shouted through a loudspeaker that all were under arrest. Police then marched the crowd to the armory.