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Rev. Martin Luther King Announces "Stand-Ins" at Voter Registration Sites

Aug. 16, 1961 - A program of "stand-ins" at registration points will be started soon in the South, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said today. The goal will be to double in the next 2 years the 1,300,000 Southern Negroes now registered to vote. "In the not-too-distant future, there will be thousands of Negroes standing at places where the have been denied the right to register," Dr. King said. He said that there were 5 million Negroes in the South who were eligible to vote, but many were intimidated, particularly in rural areas. "Until America can grant full freedom to all citizens, it will never rise to the heights of a democratic and Christian nation," he said.


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