Monthly Archives: December 2011

Sara Criss’ Civil Rights Memoir #20: Tensions Rising

“An issue of the Greenwood Voice put out by the Greenwood Movement, the group which was leading the marches and voter registration efforts, read:  [Note:Uncorrected original transcript from Greenwood Voice; all errors are those of the author] ‘On the way from the … Continue reading

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Sara Criss’ Civil Rights Memoir #19: Demonstrators and Dogs

“One of the earliest marches was led by a Negro Methodist preacher, the Reverend D.L. Tucker and a large Negro woman, Ida Holland, who wore tight fitting sweaters and caused one of the Commercial Appeal reporters to refer to her on the … Continue reading

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Sara Criss’ Civil Rights Memoir #18: The Spin Game

“As I stood watching one of the demonstrations one of the FBI men from Cincinnati, Ohio, told me ‘We are on your side in this thing but are just sent down here to do our job. Where I live we … Continue reading

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Sara Criss’ Civil Rights Memoir #17: Man on the Street

“Many of the newsmen were nice and wanted to be friendly as did some of the FBI but we lived in fear that someone would see us being nice to them. I would have enjoyed inviting some of them to … Continue reading

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Sara Criss’ Civil Rights Memoir #16: Watching Her World Shift

“Even though it was exciting covering news that was attracting national attention and seeing the top news folks in the country doing their job, it was very draining emotionally because we never knew from one day to the next what … Continue reading

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Sara Criss’ Civil Rights Memoir #15: Voices of Reason

“Chief of Police Curtis Lary and his assistant Miller Wyatt were credited with containing the situation and keeping things from getting completely out of hand. Curtis was a frail, quiet man with a gentle nature, and he never let his … Continue reading

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Sara Criss’ Civil Rights Memoirs #14: Young Man on the Rise

“When the Court House marches continued, the Commercial Appeal called Kingsley and Sellers back to Memphis and sent young Larry Speakes, who later was President Reagan’s spokesman and deputy press secretary, to help me. Larry was not long out of Ole … Continue reading

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