Atkins, in the final address of the day, declared, "The School Committee is unable to decipher a Latin phrase. So we are here today to tell them that there is segregation, in fact, in Boston today."
He reiterated what had been the key-note of the day--the Negro vote--in view of tomorrow's primary for municipal officers, including School Committee posts, and the coming Nov. 5 elections.
Atkins urged registered voters to vote Tuesday against "those who oppose the NAACP." He announced that a voter registration campaign will be conducted to register the 15,000 unregistered voters in Roxbury in time for the November elections.
"Everyone has forgotten the Negro because he has forgotten himself," Atkins said. He observed that less than 50 per cent of Roxbury voters had voted in the last election and called it "a mistake."
"We're going to overcome our own mistakes, and when we do that, we're going to overcome a system that has forced us to live in a ghetto and to go to the Sherwin School," he said.
While thousands attended memorial services across the country for the six Negro children who died in Birmingham, Ala., a week ago, a member of the bombed 16th Ave. Baptist Church spoke at the Roxbury rally.
Attorney Orzel Billingsley said, "All of us in Birmingham believe in non-violence, but none of us is so naive to believe that, if our churches continue to be bombed, our people can keep fighting on the basis of love and non-violence."