Box 17, Folder 11, Document 28

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Liberai Moves May Pace

Centenniai Celebration

The centennial celebration of the
Emancipation Proclamation will
stay in full swing for the rest of
the year, and there are signs the
nation will become far more liberal
before the 12-month observance is

over. , and -
‘Already ‘President Kennedy has, * The

centennial celebration ... T
Labor Department has officially
recognized the celebration with a
bocklet paying tribute to those
who helped bring about freedom)
for all citizens.

In this year the president has
sent @ strong civil rights bill to.
congress. His brother, the attorney ~
general, has climaxed a long series
of anti-segrezation moves by calling
on labor toe remove the remaining
vestiges of discrimination from its
ranks, both in the North and

But celebrations are one thing,
and changing scenery may be
another. The recent action in Al-
bany, Georgia, where segregation
ordinances were wiped out, seemed

been busy in helping to prepare the’

WORD @ Tuesday, Maren 12, 1963 |

And Atlanta, this year, has her
ups and downs. A Negro sits in the
Senate, where he is treated with
courtesy, but the “wall” had caused
Much embarrassment, un was
ordered t0

overall pieture does indicate
progress, however, and the NAACP
apparently is conducting its biggest
membership drive this year. Ne-
groes are beginning to appear on
television shows, both as guests and
actors. In a few isolated instances
they appear in advertisements.
Negro men play opposite women of
other races when there is need,
instead of changing the script and
making the darker person Chinese
or Indian.

Negro leaders are busy as ever,
fighting for equal justice, and
even though many southerners still
scream “integration,” rather than
desegregation, the ideal of the
emancipation does seem much
nearer than ever before, Tt may
be a good year. ;

at first a liberal move. and may > _

yet benefit the cause of racial
equality in the U. S.

But even city officials admitted
this was far from the purpose of
the move, which they felt would
ane out federal judges, who could

er them to admit Negroes to

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