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Anti-Segregation Campaign Continues in Birmingham

Apr. 5, 1963 - Ten more Negroes were arrested today when they sought service at lunch counters in two downtown drugstores in Birmingham, Alabama. This brought to 35 the number arrested since Wednesday when local Negro leaders began their direct-action campaign to force abandonment of segregation practices. Mayor-elect Albert Boutwell (pictured), a former Alabama lieutenant governor, said today that if “outside elements and agitators” would only go away, Birmingham could work out its own problems. “We citizens of Birmingham understand and respect each other,” he said. “When these outsiders learn they are not going to get any more publicity out of this thing, they will move on to more profitable fields.” The sit-ins and arrests have thus far attracted only curious attention, and there have been no anti-Negro demonstrations. The lunch counters are closed when the Negroes arrive. They then are asked to leave. When they refuse, they are arrested under a local ordinance popularly known as the “trespass after warning” law.


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