July 15, 1962 - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. asserted today that officials of Albany, Ga., must grant the minimum demands of Negroes or face renewed mass demonstrations. He said he and other Negro leaders would use this week to seek a negotiated settlement and to prepare for a “direct action campaign” in case they should fail. His remarks and those of an aide indicated a showdown might come next Saturday if the Albany City Commission refused, as it has in the past, to meet with Negroes to discuss the dispute. The key issue involves the city’s refusal to drop charges against approximately 750 people arrested during demonstrations in the city.
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