RACES: Brushfire

As quickly as the white South stamped out one spark, the brushfire caught in dozens of faraway communities. In five weeks, Negro "sit-in" demonstrations at segregated lunch counters had raced from North Carolina to South Carolina to Virginia to Florida to Tennessee and into Deep South Alabama. A unique protest against Jim Crow kindled by four college freshmen in Greensboro, N.C. (TIME, Feb. 22], the Gandhi-like Negro civil disobedience campaign, without any apparent central organized direction, continued to spread:

¶ In Montgomery, Ala., after a white man beat a Negro woman with a baseball bat in a sidewalk incident, 1,000...

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