THE PRESIDENCY: Open-Ear Policy

Visiting with President Eisenhower for 45 minutes one day last week were four top U.S. Negro leaders: the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. of Montgomery, Ala.; N.A.A.C.P. Executive Secretary Roy Wilkins, A. (for Asa) Philip Randolph, founding (1925) boss of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, and Lester B. Granger, executive secretary for the National Urban League. The four were mindful of the President's recent exhortation to Negro publishers that Negroes be "patient" in their quest for full civil rights, and Wilkins, for one, had criticized Ike roundly. As a result, both...

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