Civil Rights: At Last, A Vote

Only five Senators were in the chamber when a well-dressed, goateed Negro jumped up in the gallery and shouted: "How can you say you are protecting the black man if only five are here? I thought this was America, the land of the free. This involves 20 million people." Guards moved in, took the man off for mental tests.

Had the Senate's critic showed up just two days later, he might have been happier. Now the chamber was jammed with huddling, whispering Senators. What was up? Unbelievably, a vote. Having consumed 32 days...

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