The Bridgeport Post from Bridgeport, Connecticut on December 9, 1966 · Page 37
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The Bridgeport Post from Bridgeport, Connecticut · Page 37

Bridgeport, Connecticut
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Friday, December 9, 1966
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NEGROES BREAK STORE WINDOWS 600 Tak* Pwrt in Tu*lc«f«« Demonstration in BUM. nwi Area TUSKEGEE, Ala. (AP) _ About IM young Negroes took p»rt In a demonstration which police broke up when th« dem onslrators hegan breaking windows of downtown businesses early today. Alton B. Taylor, cily public ·afety director, said the demon- ·trallon began about 1 or 1-30 «.m. and was broken up about 4 a.m. He said there were no reports of injuries and no arrests -- "aj yet." Taylor declined to speculate on the cause of the demonstration but a civil rights leader at TuBkegee Institute who asked that his name be withheld, said the Negroes - most of them itudents -- were protesting the verdict of a murder trial in Opelika, 30 miles away. In that trial a white service Ktatinn attendant was acquitted Thursday of murder in the ·hooting of a Tuskegee Institute ·tudent, Samuel Younge. Jr., 21. Following the trial, several young Negroes ran down the «teps of the Lee County Courthouse 1 , shouting: "The hel! with Alabama." Attended School Some of the Negroes had attended school with Younge before he was shot last Jan. 3. The jury deliberated 70 minutes before acquitting Marvin L. Segrest, 69, of Shorter, Ala., on a second-degree murder indictment. A college-age Negro girl sprang from her seat in the courtroom and started hastily toward a rear door ..when she heard the verdict. A sheriff's deputy ordered her back until Judge L.J. Tyner had adjourned court. Then, as the young woman walked down the stairs with a small group of companions, they broke info a loud, chant. But the brief demonstration subsided and the Negroes returned to Tuskegee, 30 miles west of Opelika. Younge was killed and Segrest was indicted in Tuskegee. But the trial was moved to Opelika because the white man's attorney said the defendant could not get a fair trial in an atmosphere of racial unrest In his own county. - Segrest, on the witness stand Thursday, »aid Younge had harassed him again and again over a period of about four months; that .the Negro came to tSe service station on the night of Jan. 3 and asked "Where the g- -d-- is the g-d-- reslroom around here?" Points to Room . After he pointed to the ladies rest room on one side of the station -and to the men's on the.oth er, Segrest said Younge told him, "I'm not going to use any g~ d-- segregated restroom." Segresl said he tried to explain to Younge the restrobms were segregated only by sex. When the Negro continued protesting, Segrest said, he ordered Younge off the property and he left with the threat to come back "and get you." Segrest said Younge started back toward the station a short t i m e ' - l a t e r and h- {Segrest) fired a pistol shot into the pavement "to bluff him." Segrest said he fired a second shot "into the air." The . second bullet struck Younge in the left eye, killing him. Segrest's story conflicted with testimony from some eye witnesses. They said Younge was walking or running away from the service station when both shots were fired. The defendant said the Negro was walking toward him. SAY IT RIGHT MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- (AP) lack of proper pronunciation hurts children's spelling, a language arts consultant declared at a talk before sixth grade teachers here. "We are a slurring speaking nation," Miss Phyllis Carter told the group, adding that today's children are confused by the variety of speech patterns they hear on television. She urged teachers to pay particular attention to correct" pronunciation as an aid to proper spelling. JTHE_BRIDGEPQ RT POST, FRIDAY. DECEMBER 9, 1966 . Bott Ruf! 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