At Jefferson County Armory, King speaks before a crowd of 9,000 at a mass rally in support of voter registration efforts in the South.
In the evening King addresses a “Summit Conference on Registration and Voting” at St. Mark AME Zion Church in Durham.
Closing a two-day session on nonviolent resistance at Pearl Street AME Church, King praises Mississippi’s civil rights leaders who “have stood in this state like courageous Davids amid the giants of resistance and the Goliahs of injustice.”1 After reflecting on the current state of race relations, King outlines the responsibilities of African Americans interested in social change.
In Detroit King meets with Congressman Charles C. Diggs, Jr. to discuss the SCLC voter registration drive. Diggs takes King on a tour of his businesses.
King addresses a mass meeting at Miami’s Greater Bethel AME Church to launch SCLC’s Crusade for Citizenship. Twenty simultaneous mass meetings are held that day in cities throughout the South.
At Ebenezer the SCLC executive committee meets for an all-day planning session. At a press conference following the meeting, King discusses plans for the 12 February launching of the Crusade for Citizenship.
At Galilee Baptist Church in Shreveport, Louisiana, King speaks on behalf of a voter registration drive sponsored by the United Christian Movement.
In Atlanta, King addresses a southern regional conference of the NAACP on voter registration.
Speaking at a press conference at the Overseas Press Club in New York, King and Wilkins announce a nonpartisan crusade to register one million black voters.