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Day 2: March 23, 1965
1000 hours



The memo reads as follows:

Report No. 6 as of 1000, March 23, 1965

The marchers started today at 0807 Selma time. It had been raining for two hours but the rain has now slacked off a little. The temperature is 40 degrees; rain is expected most of the day. Most of the marchers have light plastic raincoats.

Since Martin Luther King had to go to Cleveland to give a speech, Mr. Young is in charge until his return. Mr. Lewis of the SNCC is second in command. The goup is orferly; there have been no incidents.

The rain has made it difficult for the trucks to get out of last night's bivouac area. One latrine truck is still stuck but should be on the road shortly. No difficulties are foreseen in setting up tonight's bivouac area.

The site for tonight's bivouac is one mile onto the four-lane highway. After tonight's bivouac, the remainder of the march will be on a four-lane road.

The next report will be at 1300.

Signed by Joseph A. Califano, Jr.
The Special Assistant

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