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Full Agreement Reached in Birmingham

May 9, 1963 - In Birmingham, Alabama tonight, negotiators reached full agreement on terms for settling that city’s racial crisis after Negroes had scaled down their demands. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King (pictured earlier today at a news conference) and other leaders accepted promises of progress from white business and civic leaders in lieu of immediate action. However, a reliable source said the agreement had been written out in full detail. The source said the provisions included pledges to desegregate facilities in large downtown department and variety stores in 90 days, to promote Negro employees, and to name a biracial committee. The whites also promised to recommend to the city government that charges not be pressed against 2,400 Negroes arrested in mass protest and picketing. The more than 1,000 who remained in jail tonight were expected to be free on bonds tomorrow.


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