National Affairs: New Sounds In a Courthouse

For 100 years Negroes walked soft and spoke low around Alabama's Montgomery County courthouse. Then, for four days last week, the tramp of Negro feet sounded heavy in the dingy downstairs corridors, on the creaking steps and in the second-floor hallway (with its sign reading, "Gentlemen will not and others must not spit on the floor"). In the drab courtroom, decorated by an American flag and five advertising calendars, Negro voices were raised in pain and anger. And outside the old courthouse, shabby for all its pretensions of Greek revival elegance, a Negro...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!