Civil Rights: The Law & De Lawd

In the three months since the historic 1965 Voting Rights Act went into effect, only 177,443 of the South's 3,000,000 disfranchised Negroes have qualified to vote in the states automatically covered by the new law. On this showing, enrollments will plainly fall short of Martin Luther King's trumpeted target of 900,000 to 1,000,000 new Negro voters in the law's first year.

Last week, amid criticism by civil rights leaders that the Justice Department has not sent enough federal registrars into the Deep South, U.S. Attorney General Nicholas deB. Katzenbach ordered examiners into twelve...

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