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U.S. Files Three Civil Rights Suits, Says Negroes Denied Voting Rights in South

Aug. 3, 1961 - The U.S. Government filed three civil rights suits today which charged that Negroes had been denied voting rights in Montgomery County, Alabama, and Walthall and Jefferson Davis Counties, Mississippi. Deputy Attorney General Byron R. White (pictured with Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy) said officials in those locations had failed to end discriminatory practices. All three complaints asserted that voting officials had applied "different and more stringent standards" to Negro applicants for registration than to whites.


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