June 1958: M.L. King Jr. and other civil rights leaders meet with Eisenhower

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Car Porters and Eisenhower Makes Group No Promises Presidential Action In Integration, Civil Rights Fields Urged WASHINGTON (APt-Four N>. |gro leaders took word to President ¡Ei.senhower .Monday that a court order delaying school mlegralion in Little Rock, .Ark , outraged their race. They said they got a sympathetic reception but no promise.'i. The .spokesmen told Ei.senhower that Salurday’.s ruling by U. S. Dist. Judge Harry Leriley. postponing integration 24 years, “is being construed rightly or wrong- |ly, a.s a green light to lawless ielements in their defiance of federal authority.” Specifically, they urged Eisen- how’er to direct the Jujstice Department to file a brief against the decision when it is appealed. The four also laid before Eisenhower other requests for action jin the fields of integration and civil rights. Neither on the Little Rock ruling, nor on any of the other points, they said, did Eisenhower make any pledges or commitments. Better Understanding But they said that out of their 4.5-minute conference with the President grew a little bit better understanding of Eisenhower’s position and a bit better understanding of their position on his part. ‘T should say.” A. Philip Randolph of New York told reporters, “that the conference has put a new hope into the hearts of Negroes throughout the country." Randolph, president of the International Brotherhood of Sleep- a vice presi- of the AFL-CIO. called this most important accomplish_ intent of the meeting. Randolph said Eisenhower was “gracious, friendly, kindly, coop- and sympathetic.” even though he made no comment whatever on Judge Lemley’s order deferring integration and took no positive stand on the various requests put to him. Program Requires Study Lester B. Granger, executive secretary of The National Urban League, said the program presented to the President was not something on which he should reach ihis decisions in a brief conference. 1 ' 1 ^®'He said It would have been in- Mon-|jufij<.jny5, had Eisenhower said Hun-iimmediatplv that" “i wUJ an \hic It;;?That.“ The other.s pre.sent were Roy Wilkins, executive secretary of the National Assn. for the .Advancement of Colored People, and ¡the Rev. Martin Luther King, who a Negro boycott of Montgom- ery, Ala., buses. .Also sitting in were Atty. Gen. Rogers and two presidential aides who handle minority and special problems. While the Negroe.s praised Ei- »/"ur u.r .xt-sioe.s praisea ra- his efforts to end segrega JI mm 1 ft offti/omiKvxitinF 'ar%i 4 r\n year. m government, and the enaci- ment of a civil rights law la.st they said these are not enough. So they urged: 1. That Fhsenhower proclaim to U ^ 1 -/u ¡September, “that the law wiU be upheld with the total command. ’ House ( onference 2. That a White Hou.se confer- be called to discuss methods 3. That government agencies h r 3^®® ^® ^ ^bool m- legration problems. 4. That the President appeal to both political parties to support (Continued on Page 2, CoL 5j

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  1. The Cumberland News,
  2. 24 Jun 1958, Tue,
  3. Page 1

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