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    THE FREEDOM MARCH ON WASHINGTON IS OVER. TODAY (WEDNESDAY) SOME 200,000 AMERICAN NEGROES, SUPPORTED BY?

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    THE FREEDOM MARCH ON WASHINGTON IS OVER. TODAY (WEDNESDAY) SOME 200,000 AMERICAN NEGROES, SUPPORTED BY THOUSANDS OF WHITE SYMPATHISERS, ARRIVED IN THE CAPITAL IN THE BIGGEST CIVIL RIGHTS DEMONSTRATION THE COUNTRY HAS EVER SEEN. IN DOING SO, THE MARCHERS SERVED NOTICE THAT AMERICA'S 20 MILLION NEGROES NO LONGER EXPECT TO BE TREATED AS SECOND CLASS CITIZENS.

    DIVIDED INTO TWO COLUMNS THEY HAD MARCHED TO THE FOOT OF THE MEMORIAL COMMEMORATING ABRAHAM LINCOLN, THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT WHO EMANCIPATED THE NEGRO SLAVES 100 YEARS AGO. THEY LAUGHED, SANG, PRAYED AND WAVED THEIR BANNERS - A HOLIDAY - LIKE SCENE WITH A SERIOUS PURPOSE. MILLIONS WITNESSED THE DEMONSTRATION ON TELEVISION THROUGHOUT AMERICA AND VIA THE COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE TELSTAR TO EUROPE.

    THEY HEARD THE REVEREND MARTIN LUTHER KING, ONE OF THE COUNTRY'S FOREMOST INTEGRATION LEADERS, SAY THAT THE "WHIRLWIND OF REVOLT" WOULD CONTINUE TO SHAKE THE FOUNDATIONS OF THE UNITED STATES UNTIL NEGROES RECEIVED THEIR JUST DEMANDS. THE VAST CROWD RESPONDED WITH LOUD APPLAUSE AS SPEAKER AFTER SPEAKER PLEADED THEIR CAUSE FOR "FREEDOM", "BETTER HOUSING", AND "EQUAL RIGHTS FOR JOBS". AMERICAN TRADE UNION LEADER, WALTER REUTHER TOLD THE VAST CROWD THAT THE CENTURY-LONG PATIENCE OF AMERICAN NEGROES WHO HAD BEEN DEPRIVED OF THEIR RIGHTS WAS AT AN END.

    SOME 10,000 POLICE AND TROOPS WERE ON DUTY SHOULD THERE BE ANY DISTURBANCES. AT THE END OF THE DAY THERE HAD BEEN JUST THREE ARRESTS - PLUS THE SURROUNDING OF GEORGE LINCOLN ROCKWELL, AMERICAN NAZI PARTY LEADER AND 40 "STORM TROOPERS" IN CIVILIAN CLOTHES WHO HAD ARRIVED AS "OBSERVERS OF THE MARCH".

    THE CLIMAX OF THE VAST DEMONSTRATION CAME WHEN THE FREEDOM MARCH LEADERS CALLED ON PRESIDENT KENNEDY AT THE WHITE HOUSE. EARLIER IN THE DAY THE PRESIDENT HAD SAID THAT "THE GAINS OF 1963 WILL NEVER BE REVERSED" AND CALLED ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO "ACCELERATE OUR EFFORT TO ACHIEVE EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL OUR CITIZENS."
    PRESIDENT KENNEDY CONFERRED WITH THE MARCH LEADERS INCLUDING THE CHAIRMAN, PHILIP RANDOLPH, FOR AN HOUR AND A QUARTER. IN A STATEMENT AFTERWARDS THE PRESIDENT SAID THE CAUSE OF 20 MILLION NEGROES SEEKING TO SECURE EQUAL TREATMENT FOR ALL HAD BEEN ADVANCED BY TODAY'S MARCH. HE WAS IMPRESSED WITH THE DEEP FERVOUR AND QUIET DIGNITY OF THE THOUSANDS WHO HAD TAKEN PART.

    THREE PEOPLE WHO GAVE THEIR VIEWS WERE: MR LESTER PEARCE OF THE NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF COLOURED PEOPLE. MR WALTER REUTHER, AND MR BAYARD ROSTIN, DEPUTY LEADER OF THE MARCH:

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEHCIRR3Y7OU75FMEXAFDT2NHN
    Media URN:
    VLVAEHCIRR3Y7OU75FMEXAFDT2NHN
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/08/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:13:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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