Four thousand proponents of rapid steps toward desegregation will leave Boston early in the morning of Aug. 28 to join the March for Freedom in Washington, D.C., that afternoon.
The March, which is being planned by the leaders of the nation's major civil rights organizations, is aimed primarily at manifesting support for President Kennedy's civil rights bill now before Congress.
A second purpose of the March for Freedom is to impress upon Washington the danger to the national health posed by the current unemployment rate, which is especially high among Negroes. Negroes usually suffer an unemployment rate twice that of whites.
Students interested in joining the Boston contingent or working on preparations for the March will meet tomorrow evening in Emerson D at 7 p.m. About one-half of the local group will have to pay their own way, and many of these 2000 are expected to be students.
The other 2000 from Boston will be unemployed workers, who will require a subsidy of about $36,000. Other funds sought by local organizers include $5000 for the central planning office in New York; $5000 to help send unemployed miners from Hazard, Ky., to Washington; and $3000 for office expeneses.
The total of almost $50,000 will be solicited in the next month in door-to-door campaigns and a button-selling drive. Students will be utilized in this effort and also to man the headquarters set-up in the ground floor of the building housing the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.