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Danville To Commemorate Bloody Monday Anniversary

10:49 AM, Jun 3, 2013   |    comments
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DANVILLE, Va. (AP) - Danville is preparing to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the most violent of all days in the civil rights movement in Virginia.

Known as Bloody Monday, that June day in 1963 started with a group walking to the Municipal Building to protest segregation and ended with 60 arrested and nearly 50 injured. The conflict gained national attention and sparked two visits from the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The trials of those arrested were so unfairly handled that the U.S. Justice Department criticized Judge Archibald M. Aiken Jr. for his courtroom procedures.

The Danville Register & Bee reports ( that people will again march to the Municipal Building on June 10 to commemorate the event. A brief ceremony will be held at the marker that memorializes the day.

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