Trying Times

Just a note: I’m going to start posting Sara’s Civil Rights memoir by this weekend, I hope, or Monday at the latest. Please be forewarned, if you have been reading Sara’s stories recently or all the way back to last April. These recollections are of her most challenging professional days and there is rarely humor or light-heartedness. Greenwood was the epicenter for massive social upheaval and the citizens and leaders of this town don’t always come off very well, nor did they deserve to come off well. Mistakes were made and opportunities missed, but there were also brave people trying to do their best on both sides of the issue. Sara witnessed it all and she reported it all as best she could. But she was deeply impacted by the times and the place in which she had been raised and that will be evident in some of her opinions. So I invite you to share these fascinating memories with Sara, but leave any judgemental attitudes somewhere else. Thanks.

About sec040121

Hello....I'm in possession of a priceless collection of memoirs and memorabilia left by my mother, Sara Evans Criss. She was a native and lifelong (88 years!) devotee of our small town, who covered this peculiar and volatile corner of the world for 30 years as the Memphis Commercial Appeal's Greenwood bureau chief, a job that started out with debutantes and high school football and wound up spang in the midst of one of the twentieth century's most enduring social upheavals. This blog is dedicated to her memory and the legacy she left behind, both for her family and her community.
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1 Response to Trying Times

  1. Nancy Webb Phillips says:

    I look forward to reading these particular memories. I only have a child’s memory of them. It will be interesting to get Sara’s view since she was there in the middle of it. Bring them on!! I am ready to receive!

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