Today in History: Social Movement Occurred

1962 NAACP Protest

On this day April 3, 1962, in retaliation against a Black Boycott of downtown stores, the Birmingham, AL, City Commission voted not to pay the city’s $45,000 share of a $100,000 county program which supplied surplus food to the needy.

More than 90 percent of the recipients of aid were Black. When the NAACP protested the Commission decisions, Birmingham Mayor Arthur J Hanes dismissed their complaint as a “typical reaction from New York Socialist radicals”

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