Races: Confused Crusade

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People glumly reported last week that its membership had declined by 15,000 from 390,000 in 1960.

The drop, said Herbert Hill, labor secretary of the N.A.A.C.P., was mostly among unemployed Negroes unable to pay dues ($2 a year). That was certainly one factor—but another at least equally important was a split among leading Negro civil rights groups, with the N.A.A.C.P. cast in a "conservative" role that many young Negroes find increasingly irksome.

"Parade, Protest, Sit-In." Southern Negro college students particularly are fed up with...

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