Civil Rights: Difference of Impact

Whenever one of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's nonviolent civil rights drives is met by white nonviolence, the result is something like driving a tack into a marshmallow: there is very little impact. That was what happened last week in Montgomery, Ala.

Pressing his voter-registration drive, King arrived in Montgomery urging a "march on the ballot boxes," called on Negroes to join "by the thousands" in a demonstration of "peaceful good will." Far from resisting, city officials fell all over themselves in their hurry to help out. Police all but urged upon King a permit to parade the five blocks...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!