Monthly Archives: December 2011

Sara Criss’ Civil Rights Memoir #26: Reverend Bevel

“Newsmen crowded the Negro churches each night to hear civil rights leaders make fiery speeches as they attempted to spur local Negroes to go to the Courthouse to register to vote. At one such meeting The Reverend James Bevel, formerly … Continue reading

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Sara Criss’ Civil Rights Memoir #25: The View from Memphis

“In another editorial in the Commercial Appeal it was stated: ‘Among the visitors in Greenwood Miss is Dick Gregory, a Negro, who has recently climbed to the edge of the big entertainment world as a comic. He has announce he is … Continue reading

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Sara Criss’ Civil Rights Memoir #24: Editorializing

“An editorial in the April 4, 1963 Commercial Appeal stated: ‘Both of Mississippi’s senators have publicly branded the leaders of “voter registration marches” in Greenwood as outside agitators. Senator James Eastland, commenting on a Justice Department attempt to obtain a court … Continue reading

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Sara Criss’ Civil Rights Memoir #23

“Though the demonstrations were tearing the town apart, much of the town went about their usual business and know only what they read in the paper about what was going on. The city officials issued statements requesting that people stay … Continue reading

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Sara Criss’ Civil Rights Memoir #22: Sunday Tensions

“Statements were being issued on all sides, and some of the ministers referred to the tense local situation by urging that their congregations face these problems as Christians. Some of the members of their congregations had stronger feelings, however, and … Continue reading

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Sara Criss’ Civil Rights Memoir #21: War of Words

“In another article in the Greenwood Voice, Dick Gregory was quoted as saying, ‘I think you are doing a wonderful job here, I think its equal to Germany Berlin, Japan, Korea, in fact we should suppress all of that because … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all of you who have been so supportive of Sara’s memoirs this year. She was Christmas for all of us lucky enough to have been in her world, and this is a good day to honor her and … Continue reading

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