May 1957: M. L. King Jr. gives his first national address at the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom

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May 1957: M. L. King Jr. gives his first national address at the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom - "Prayer Pilgrimage" Leaders Urge Civil Rights...
"Prayer Pilgrimage" Leaders Urge Civil Rights Legislation WASHINGTON .^-Negro leaders leaders at a mass demonstration before before the Lincoln Memorial called on President Eisenhower and Congress Congress Friday to put more teeth in the Supreme Court’s anti-segregation anti-segregation decisions. Many thousands, almost all of them Negroes, took part in this “prayer pilgrimage for freedom" on the third anniversary of the court’s ban on ’racial segregation in public schools As the program began at noon (EDT), however, police estimated the crowd at 5,000 or 6,0(J0 — coin- pared with the 50.000 predicted in advance by sponsors of the ceremony. ceremony. The pilgrimage public relations director, .lonn Young, estimated the crowd at 25,000. The Rev. Martin I.other King Jr. of Montgomery. Ala., told the assemblage that so far only the iudicial branch of the government has given “strong, aggressive h adcrship” in the civil rights field. The clergyman, a leader in the Mortgomery campaign against bus segregation, declared: “In the midst of the tragic breakdown of law and order, the executive branch of the government government is all too silent and apathetic. apathetic. “In the midst of the desperate need for civil rights legislation, the legislative branch of the government government is all too stagnant and hypocritical.” Another speaker. A. Philip Randolph, Randolph, president of the Brotherhood Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, addressed addressed his remarks directly toward toward Eisenhower. Randolph urged Eisenhower, who he >aid is “undoubtedly pos- m ssed of a high sense of humanity humanity *’ to • speak out against the lawlessness, terror and fears that hang like a pall over the hearts of citizens of color in the South.” Another speaker, Roy Wilkins, executive secretary of the National National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), as* s..tied special laws “aimed at the NAACP,” he said, in states ranging ranging from Virginia to Texas. The “pilgrims" to the anniversary anniversary meeting came to Washington Washington from many parts of the country country by train, bus and airplane Social Workers 4-Day Conference Set By Lutherans SPRINGFIELD. Ohio * — This summer, U.S. Lutheran churches will act as host to the first international international church-sponsored meetings meetings of social workers in Protestant Protestant history in this country. The Lutheran World Federation is sponsoring the event, the Lutheran Lutheran World Conference on Social Responsibility. Responsibility. Sessions will be held on Wittenberg College campus Aug. 7-10. An estimated 500 of the denomination's denomination's top leaders are expected to meet with the social welfare workers from the federation’s 57 member churches in 29 countries. The intensive four-day study will deal with their responsibilities in the atomic era. Adventists Plan New Seminary At Washington WASHINGTON iJT — Adventist University has been chosen as the

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  1. The Logan Daily News,
  2. 18 May 1957, Sat,
  3. Page 3

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  • May 1957: M. L. King Jr. gives his first national address at the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom

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