Fifty years ago today, July 13, 1967
Sen. Edward W. Brooke, R-Mass., warned Wednesday of increasing racial violence if Congress continues inaction on civil rights.
Brooke, first black U.S. senator to be popularly elected, called “black power” a response to “white irresponsibility,” but said, “I am not an advocate of black power. Nor do I believe that violence, bloodshed and the destruction of property will lead the Negro or any other minority to equality.”
The State Department defended the Johnson administration’s sending transport planes and soldiers to the Congo as an action in step with UN resolutions to protect territorial integrity and independence.
The mission “should not be regarded as a first step of United States military involvement,” explained press officer Robert J. McCloskey.
Gen. William C. Westmoreland, U.S. commander in Vietnam, flew home to Columbia, S.C., Wednesday to attend the funeral of his mother today.
Mrs. Westmoreland, 81, died Sunday.