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MLK: We Must Double Negro Vote

Aug. 31, 1963 - Dr. Martin Luther King (pictured left on Wednesday) said today that the leaders of the civil rights movement would now take on the “big job” of doubling the Negro vote. He also said the group he heads, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, would hold a three-day conference this week to plan desegregation drives in Danville, Va.; Gadsden, Ala.; Montgomery, Ala., and Albany, Ga. Dr. King made his remarks as he boarded a plane for Atlanta. He said he was “very encouraged” by Wednesday’s Washington demonstration, adding: “I feel it was one of the truly great events in American history. It was the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of the nation.” Dr. King said the leaders of the march would meet over the next few days to assess the results of the demonstration and plan “where we will go from here.”

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