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Na lion wide

services

held

to

honor

Rev.

King

By The Associated Press
Memorial services and marches yesterday
marked the first anniversary of the assassina-
tion of the Rev. Martin Luther King, although a
near outbreak of violence threatened to mar
the largest commemorative service in Memphis.
Tenn., scene of King's slaying.
Mayor Henry Loeb proclaimed a rigid 7 p.m.
to 5 a.m. curfew on the city even as Sen. Edward
Kennedy (D-Mass. and the Rev. Ralph Aber-
nathy, King's successor as head of the South-
ein Christian Leadership Conference, w e r e
speaking to a crowd estimated at 15,000.
By the time the curfew went into effect, po-
lice had reported about a dozen incidents of
burglary, looting and window breaking. A
police spokesman said there had been 12 ar-
rests.
In Atlanta, Ga., Coretta King and her four
children visited her husband's grave on a bright,
balmy spring day. Composed and resolute, she
placed a red ,and white cross of flowers on the
gravestone.
At Nashville, about 300 demonstrators march-
ed to the grounds of the Tennessee State Pri-
son where James Earl Ray is serving a 99-year-
prison sentence for King's murder.
They sang "We Shall Overcome" and said
they wanted to remind Ray "of what he did."
Ray ccould not see them from his maximum-
security cell
And in Selma, Ala., the scene of a bloody
1965 civil rights clash, about 2,000 persons, all

but about two dozen of them blacks, marched
under a blazing sun, chanting a new call:
"Soul power, Soul power."
At the spot where state troopers routed de-
monstrators four years ago, the marchers stop-
ped.
"We want you to know that Dr. King is up
in eternity, clapping his hands," the Rev. L. L.
Anderson, a Selma Negro minister, told the
throng.
The Selma march was the first phase of Ala-
bama demonstrations marking the anniversary.
In Chicago, the Rev. Martin Luther King
Sr., at a special Good Friday service, pleaded
for blacks and whites to follow King's nonvio-
lent principles,
In Memphis, Kennedy arrived late but -
judging by his reception - was the high point
of the program. He was greeted by a great roar
of shouts and applause.
Abernathy introduced the Senator as the man
who will "one day be the President of the United
States."
During the Senator's brief speech, police with
binoculars stood on nearby rooftops, scanning
the windows of buildings around the angular,
modernistic City Hall.
"Wealth is still lavished on useless and dan-
gerous arms," Sen. Kennedy told the crowd.
"Let us work so that yesterday's dream and to-
day's crisis will be tomorrow's opportunity .. .
See RALLY, Page 8

Placing a flower at the tomb of Rev. King

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--Daily-Eric Pergeau&
Black student sings at Hill

Vol. LXXIX, No. 153

Ann Arbor, Michigan-Soturday, April 5, 1969

Eight Pages

1,000 attend
tribute at Hill
By DAVE CHUDWIN
Over 1000 people gathered in Hill Aud. yesterday in a
memorial service for the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
on the first anniversary of his assassination in Memphis,
Tenn. Tribute was paid to the memory of the slain civil rights
leader in song, speech, poem, and dance.
"He was an extraordinary sensitive human being who,
out of a deeply religious background, believed that human
beings deserve to live in dignity, respect, peace, love and
understanding," said President Robben W. Fleming in an!
opening address.
"Martin Luther King was our father. We were like chil-
dren and he taught us," said Ron Thompson, president of

hicago quiet;
Daley retains
Guard, curfew,,
CHICAGO 01-Mayor Richard J. Daley ordered another
overnight curfew for young people as 5,000 National Guards-
men remained in readiness yesterday to prevent recurrence
of violence that erupted Thursday night after memorial
services for Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
The Guardsmen stayed off the streets yesterday, deployed
in armories in Chicago and elsewhere. The two trouble areas
and other sections of the city were quiet on Good Friday, the
first anniversarv of King's --

B lacklaw
a students
hold talk
By ELIZA PATTERSON
"Don't dishonor Martin Lu-
ther King; don't go to class-
es," read a sign in the L a w
School p u t up yesterday by
the Black Law Student Alli-
ance.

the Black Student Union, in a
moving eulogy to the black {
I e a d e r following Fleming's
address.
The crowd, black and white, but.
with the majority white, stayed ':
silent throughout the speeches.
Several classes from Ann Arbor
elementary schools attended the
service.
Following the speeches Harold Chicag
Smith read several poems and
Kenneth Steed sang two spirituals.;
The crowd seemed especially im- CHil AGO, NYC, SF:
pressed by the Phillip Stamps
Dance Grou which presented

w youths loot a truck during disturbances yeste

three numbers accompanied on
African drums.
"I suspect that if Martin Luther
King could be with us today he

would ask us to look to the future,
r While actual cancellation of not to the past," said Fleming in
classes was left to the._ discretion his opening remarks.
of the individual professors, the Fleming pointed out Rev. King C
Alliance went ahead with an af- had always fought for integration verl
ternoon panel discussion on black yet near the end of his life em- pre
problems and ideology, h e l d in s ma
phasized black separatism.m

Anti-~war rallies set fot
By JIM HECK draw a large following. As many tain 7000 active guardsmen in the
special To The Daily as 10,000 people are expected to city, and has imposed a curfew
CHICAGO -- Students c o n- attend a rally afterwards. for all persons under *21. At least
'ged on Chicago yesterday, in Council chairman Maxwell Pri- 275 persons - 152 of them youths
paration for an anti-war :nack yesterday denounced Mayor - were arrested Thursday nght,
.rch today. The march will be Richard J. Daley's decision to during sporadic outbreaks of vio-
by a contingent of veterans bring in National Guardsmen to lence on the eve of the anniver-
d GI's who oppose the war in quell disturbances on the W e s t sary of Martin Luther Kihg's
'tnam. Side. Primack claimed the guard's death.
The march, along with similar presence may touch off more vio- A spokesman for the C h i c a g o
tests scheduled in San Fran- lent demonstrations during t h e Police Department said they had
co and New York, will take march. received, reports of almost 50 in-
ce about five miles east of He called on all persors who op- juries stemming from the demon-
area where violence broke out pose suchmilitarism to join the strations.
ursday. march scheduled for this after- There were some indications
Organized by the Chicago Peace noon. last night that Martin Luther
ncil. the march is expected to Daley has continued to main- King Sr. will speak at the rally

conjunction with Martin Luther'
King activities across the campus.I
The panel, consisting of five Al-;
liance members and Ray Edmonds,
director of human ,relations for;
the Ann Arbor public schools, dis-
cussed King's non-violent philos-;
phy.1
"Non-violence as a relevant
ideology died before Martin Lu-
ther King," said Edmonds. He ad-
ded that while he felt people had
accepted King's leadership, he al-
so believed that non-violence had'
never gathered as large a follow-'
ing as some people believed.
However, Jack Davis, chairman
of the Alliance, criticized Ed-
monds' position.
Davis told the audience he be-
lieved the concept of non-violence
was widely accepted, but died af-
ter King was assassinated. He ar-
gued that blacks have now seen
that non-violence "gets them no-
where," a n d only breeds violent'
reactions.
The tone of the discussion be-
came sharper after Edmonds call-.
ed the discussion of ideology "idle
talk." Rather than talk, Edmonds
suggested the black law students
should get together, find "one
white 'bigoted law student, a n d,
b leat the hell out of him."
He enumerated less violent, but
active projects the Alliance could
undertake in order to help other
blacks - picketing Sears, work-
ing for the Tenant's Union in the'
rent strike, or working for t h e

"However, if I understand what led
my white eyes tell me, and the an
agonizing problems of .perception Vie
in this delicate area are formid- T
able, there is no necessary conflict ! pro
between black pride, black con- ' cisc
sciousness, black dignity, black pla
power and an integrated society," the
Fleming said. Th
Fleming said the black man has C
See FLEMING Page 8 ;Co

assassination.
An intermittent rain kept many
residents indoors,
Daley met with Gov. Richard
B. Ogilvie, who flew here from
Springfield late Thursday after
4 the disorders became threatening,
" and announced extension of the
--Associated Press 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew for those
arday under 21.
- Only a few police cars were
visible in the mainly black sections
on West Madison Street and the
near North Side, scene of Thurs-
day night's trouble.
Some guard units were sent into
to athe streets at the time and wvere
rtcalledearly yesterday.
Almost all busjnesses in black
following the march. King is in areas were closed yesterday, or a
the city to speak at several me- part .of the day, in memory of
morial services for his son, King.
In an Evanston church yester- Schools were closed in observ-
day fteno~, th eler ingance of Good Friday, but there
day, afterno-on, the elder 'King wsaprnl oecsieml-
said, "I wish so much that the was apparently noy excessive mill-
people who say they followed ing by youths in any part of
Martin Luther King would follow Chaeo.
his principles." There were injuries and 275
Also at the Chicago rally will arrests through the night Thurs-
sbe Marlene Dixon, the radical soc- day. All but 15 of those arrested
iology professor who was denied were released on personal re-
tenure at the University of Chi cognizance bonds of either $500
cago; Rennie Davis, a protester or $250. The 15 being/held were
indicted for inciting to riot dur- unable to raise bond.
ing last year's Democratic Con- Most were charged with either
vention demonstrations; and Ste- curfew violations or disorderly
wart Meachem, a prominent mem- conduct.
ber of the National Peace Coun- Thursday's outbreak ended be-
cil and the American Friends fore it reached anything like the
Service Committee. pitch of rioting a year ago this
Scheduled to be featured at weekend after King's murder.
the rally was Navy Nurse Lt. Su- Daley said yesterday he talked
san Schnall. Miss Schnall was re- with several Negro -leaders who
cently given a suspended six told him they would support any
month sentence for participating action necessary to preserve order.
in an anti-war demonstration in Daley added that the ban on
San Francisco. However, she will the sale of liquor, gasoline in con-
be unable to speak since the Navy tainers, and firearms would re-
called a review of her case, to be main in effect on the West Side
held today.I and near North Side. He said he
In New York, the Nationald would review the need for a cur-
Peace Parade Committee has few today.
planned a 1:30 p.m. march to
begin at Bryant Park and end at j "
Central Park. Enters - lea in
As in the Chicago March, t h e 1
parade will be led by GIs home
on Easter passes. The march was Dia shootinaO
planned to coincide with Easter
holidays in order to attract both Kenneth W. Drinkerd, a 17-
Grs on leave and students on va- year old Ypsilanti youth, pleaded
cation, said a New York spokes- guilty yesterday to the October 5
man. ! Diag shooting of Joel Cordish,
A rally is planned for 4 p.m. Grad.
at Central Park. and will feature Drinkerd's plea was accepted by
Kathleen Cleaver, wife of Eldridge Circuit Court Judge John W. Con-
C1nvar_ AlA oat the rallv will h li un will he sntend. An il 2.1

Lawyers
suport
Croekiett
DETROIT (A - The presidents
of four bar associations said yes-
terday that controversial decisions
by Recorder's Court Judge George
W. Crockett following the slaying
of a Detroit policeman Saturday,
are "entitled td be respected."
The city has been in an uproar
since late Saturday night wh e n
patrolmen Michael Czapski 'w a s
killed a n d his partner seriously
wounded in a shoot-out at a
church where the Republic of New
Africa was meeting.
After the shooting, police ar-
rested 100 blacks in the church.
Crockett set up an emergency
court at police headquarters and
released 15 to 18 of the prisoners
under a writ of habeas corpus.
Wayne County Prosecutor Wil-
liam Cahalan complained that
Crockett had hampered investiga-
tion of the murder because police
had not finished processing the
prisoners.
However, Police Commissioner
Johannes Spreen hinted yesterday
the investigation is "nearing a so-
lution." The commander of the
Spublic, homicide bureau, Delore
Ricard, explained that the case "is
progressing nicely," although ro
airests are expected immediately.
Crockett defended his actions
Thursday, saying, "Justice de-
manded a prompt judicial examii-
nation and processing of the per-
sons arrested. If there was any
sound basis f o r their detention,
they were detained. Otherwise they
were entitled to be released upon
reasonable bond."
Crockett's actions brought an
instant flurry of criticism. T h e
State Judicial Tenure Commission
will investigate the judge on the
request of Gov. Milliken, and irate
state legislators have also called
for investigations.
Exactly what happened -at the
church has yet to be determined.
The controversy started Saturday
night when two officers reported
that they were checking a group

PRESS FREEDOM DEMONSTRATION
High school, suspends

12

By BOB FUSFELD
Twelve Ann Arbor Pioneer High School
students who walked out of classes yester:
day to protest the suspension of another
student were suspended indefinitely by
Theodore Rokicki, principal.
Thirteen other students also participated
in the walkout. It was unclear yesterday
why they did not also receive suspensions
from the principal.
Rokicki could not be reached for comment
last night.
Carla Houser was suspended Wednesday
for distributing copies of the Student Lib-
eration Front, an "authorized" paper which
criticized the school's policy of placing
strict limitations on the type of literature
which may be distributed in school by stu-
rat c

themselves open to the discretionary powers
of the principal. He said that the decision
to suspend the students was a "question
of judgment" by the principal.
Students presented a list of demands to
Rokicki, including:
- An end to the use of suspension and ex-
pulsion as disciplinary tools by the school
administration;
- An end to military recruitment in the
school and establishment of a draft counsel-
ing service;
-- Removal of the city pqlicemen who is
on permanent duty at the high school;
- Establishment of a free speech a n d
press policy which is no more restrictive
than the U.S. Constitution;
- End of administration harassment of
.students for political activities:

policies on suspension and. expulsion are at
present being reviewed by the board.
The superintendent noted that the sus-
pension was termed "indefinite" because
there is no specific, penalty for the type of
actions which the students undertook.
Westermann commented that the normal
procedure in a case of this sort is to meet
with the students and their'parents to reach
some decision concerning disciplinary pro-
cedures.
He pointed out that the principal of a
school has the power to suspend a student
for the remainder of an academic term.
David Swain, one of the students who was
suspended yesterday said he felt the pun-,
ishment was unjust. He said that the pro-
testers felt that they had merely been tru-
ant from a class. Truancy violations are not

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