I was inserting this below but wanted it to stand alone. I choke up every time I read it, thinking of the civil rights movement and my late father. And maybe newspapers, too.
San Francisco Chronicle, March 26, 1965
25,000 Cry ‘Freedom'”
By Bob Robertson, Chronicle Correspondent, Montgomery, Ala. —
More than 25,000 American Negroes and their white friends from all over the Nation and the world stood before the Capitol of Alabama yesterday and shouted with all their might:
It was the end of the historic March to Montgomery — in the words of A. Phillip Randolph, president of the Union of Sleeping Car Porters, “the greatest demonstration for civil rights ever held in this land.
(Please note that the word Negro in 1965 had not yet been superseded in common usage by black or African-American, despite objections of Malcolm X and others. Here is the Wikipedia entry on the subject: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Negro).
Other San Francisco Chronicle reports by my father on the 1965 “March to Montgomery” included: “A Singing Heard in Selma’s Mud,” “Two Voices — Both White,” “The Badges of Courage in Selma,” “A Day of Change in Selma,” “Selma Near the Boiling Point,” “54-Mile Walk for Freedom,” “The Road to Equality,” “14 Miles More Along the Freedom Road,” “Through the Mud to Montgomery,” “Marchers in Sight of Goal,” “The Shock of Alabama” and “King Calls for Alabama Boycott.”