BIRMINGHAM, Ala., May 3, 1963 (UPI)-At least 200 Negroes today were expected to continue protest marches against segregation. The Rev. Wyatt Tee Walker, public relations director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, denied that 4,000 would march.
Police Chief Jamie Moore earlier had said that Negro leaders had warned him he could count on arresting 4,000 today.
More than 750 Negroes were arrested yesterday in the largest mass demonstration against segregation ever held in the United States. Most were charged with parading without a permit.
Plans for today's protest march were spurred by a rally of 2,000 Negroes last night at Sixth Avenue Baptist Church.
"We are going on and on with our movement and we are not going to stop until the walls of segregation are crushed," the enthusiastic audience was told by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
Yesterday's marches apparently were triggered by Rev. King. At least 2,000 Negroes were milling in the streets at the height of the protest.
Wave after wave of singing and chanting Negroes, many of them hooky-playing juveniles, converged on the downtown area.
The Negroes were herded into school buses for the trip to jail.
Motorcycle patrolmen at one point raced their vehicles over the curbs and onto sidewalks to run down and arrest a group of marchers who had attempted to flee.
There were no reported incidents of violence.
The Negroes staged at least 10 marches during the four-hour demonstration. One group got to within two blocks of City Hall before being intercepted.
When police stepped in to arrest one group of marchers the Negroes dropped to their knees and sang "We Shall Overcome," one of the best-known hymns of the desegregation movement. The Negroes complied when they were ordered to get up and get into paddy wagons.
More than 400 of those arrested were juveniles, many of them schoolchildren. They spent the night in the juvenile detention home, many sleeping on mattresses on the floor. Because of crowded conditions, some were taken to the county jail at Bessemer.