Nation: Dogs, Kids & Clubs

Birmingham saw a small civil war; whites against Negroes, cops against children, dogs against humans.

It began when the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. decided to throw schoolchildren into the Negro battle line. Police Commissioner Eugene ("Bull") Connor, arch-segregationist, viciously retaliated with club-swinging cops, police dogs and blasts of water from fire hoses. There were no winners in Birmingham last week.

King launched the most massive integration drive yet in Birmingham. Using school kids—most of them teenagers, but some no more than six years old—the Negro minister sent wave after wave of sign carriers...

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