Pittsburgh Courier, 2 September 1939, p. 2, col. 5

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i , 1 waa - - 1 hua - first - Police vui - . j EDceimnedl ILnlbirsairy uJise9 n cDniiQiins WASHINGTON Aur 31 (ANP1 To the utter amaxement of the crowded court assembled to - 1 charges of disorderly condSct against five youths who sought the use of Alexandria public Hbrary, every ,f the a ; lads was neaUy dressed, intelligent in appearance and conducted themselves as gentlemen should and trie rharg - j I preferred against them were disorderly conduct. TO MME. C. J. WALKER ' , fly' ' ik him I - : v ii When the trial got under way,? both the librarian and the arresting officer dtclared that there was no evidence of disorderly conduct and that the youths were behaving themselves aa any other ordinary user of the library. The counsel for the boys then forced the librarian to admit that she had had the young men removed because they were colored and not disorderly. The arresting officer admitted the same thing, which caused th judge to continue the case for a week, until such evidence as ww necessary to support the charge was presented. Said Judge - Duncan: '. "There seems to be no evidence of disorderly conduct here, ! but it is a matter of constitutional privileges." When nsked by the hoys lawyer if it were true that had the defendants bfen white and acting as they did, would they be forcibly removed, the librarian said no. Practically admitting that the cause for fhe arrest wa.s a matter of color and not a violation of any city ordinance, the librarian had no tangible evidence to offer the court. Jivans ana uiarence w, visited the library arH fused use of the far:ht;.s institution, staged ' HnV strike" in the readinc w - , ordered out, they refr.uM quietly takinz book" , . . i i i . . jnpivrs ni in iinrary, piutj and started reading. i i.s - . Ian then called a poli - r , - - ..,., placed the youths unHrr i . disorderly conduct. ! - 'r - ,.i., them was S. W. Tuckr. ;r,j attorney. Judge James Recce Jin - r sided and gave th ripUf. - ,i - v ever' possible advantage :;. the peculiar laws of the .;,v , Virginia. Continued for a week, is attracting considerable pmV - aa it has a deflnite:hearinj i.n jim crow la'wg of the Old Tt. - . ion state and as Jjidge It'irvi pointed out, affected the ror - v tional rights of citizens. Government JOBS Gaddis, Morris Murray, William

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