Civil Rights: The Root of the Spirit

After winding for weeks through thickets of argument about states' rights and Mrs. Murphy's boardinghouse, the congressional hearings on the Administration's civil rights bill finally got to simple human realities. The witness: Roy Wilkins, executive secretary of the National Association for the Advance ment of Colored People.

Stalked by Humiliation. Reading softly from a prepared statement, Wilkins urged the Senate Commerce Committee to approve the bill's much-debated public-accommodations section, which would guarantee Negroes equal access to hotels, restaurants and similar privately owned facilities catering to the public. "The affronts and denials that this section, if enacted, would...

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