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Clergymen Join Forces with Dr. King

Sept. 15, 1962 - Protestant and Jewish clergymen and Roman Catholic laymen began forming “nonviolent army” units last week for a ready reserve to be called upon when needed in the anti-segregation drive headed by Dr. Martin Luther King. Volunteers in several cities pledged to go at a moment’s notice on prayer pilgrimages to integration trouble spots in the South. They are prepared to spend time in jail for demonstrating against racial discrimination. Pilgrimage organizers have called five rallies at churches in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Mount Vernon this week to sign up volunteers. Similar recruiting was reported by integrationists in Hartford, New Haven, Cleveland, Chicago, and Washington. Whites and Negroes share leadership in the drive.


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