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Dr. King Forming “Nonviolent Army” for Desegregation Push in Alabama

Oct. 20, 1962 - Dr. Martin Luther King said today that he planned to recruit a “nonviolent army” to fight segregation in Alabama, where his passive resistance movement started seven years ago. “I’m going back to Alabama to make a people-to-people tour to recruit a nonviolent army for a new front of the attack on the system of segregation in the whole state,” the Baptist minister said. Dr. King said he fully expected tough opposition to the drive, set to open in about six weeks. A prelude will be efforts next week to enroll five Negroes at the University of Alabama. Targets of the drive will be public facilities, city buses, lunch counters, theaters, employment practices, and schools. Major cities will be the setting for most of the activities, although a voter registration campaign will cover the entire state, Dr. King said.


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