ALABAMA: Predictable Welcome

Established last year under the first major civil rights legislation since Reconstruction, the six-member U.S. Civil Rights Commission spent nearly a year getting itself organized, set this week for its first formal hearings. Predictably, it ran right off the bat into something less than Southern hospitality.

The commission's first investigation took it to Montgomery, Ala., to look into charges that Negro voting rights had been violated. But the commissioners found themselves unable to stay together at a Montgomery hotel because one of them, former Assistant Labor Secretary J. Ernest Wilkins, is a Negro. Having found quarters at Maxwell Air Force...

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