Monthly Archives: January 2012

Sara Criss’ Civil Rights Memoir # 55: Unnecessary Losses

“I was in Barrett’s Drugstore on the corner of Howard and Washington streets just a block from the theater one day. Garrard Barrett, the owner, and I were discussing the theater situation and agreeing that the city should try to … Continue reading

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Sara Criss’ Civil Rights Memoir #54: A City on the Edge

“A mass political rally was held on July 20 as a preliminary event for the arrival of Dr. Martin Luther King, who was bringing eight in his party and was to speak at two rallies to be held at the … Continue reading

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Sara Criss’ Civil Rights Memoir #53: Suits and More Suits

“On September 4 the Justice Department, in a suit released at Greenville Federal Court, charged Greenwood officials with ‘failing to provide adequate police protection for Negroes at an integrated theater and asked a three-judge Federal court to correct the situation.‘ … Continue reading

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Sara Criss’ Civil Rights Memoir #52: Unlawful Picketing

“That same day [July 16, 1964] the police had arrested 111 civil rights pickets on charges of violating the state law against picketing. This was the third so-called ‘freedom day’ held that year, and this one was made up of … Continue reading

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Sara Criss’ Civil Rights Memoir #51: Locked In

“A 21-year-old white Harvard student, Phillip Moore from Illinois, said Z.A.Prewitt, a local restaurant owner, hit him three times on the head near the SNCC headquarters. Prewitt was fined $25 on assault and battery charges. “One of the most frightening … Continue reading

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Sara Criss’ Civil Rights Memoir #50: Caught in the Middle

“On July 10 the Executive Committee of the Greenwood Citizens Council urged owners of businesses affected by the Civil Rights Bill to ‘resist its enforcement by all lawful means.’ In a five-point statement they promised support to anyone involved in … Continue reading

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Sara Criss’ Civil Rights Memoir #49: Circling the Wagons

“It was a very busy time for me because along with all the other trouble, there were almost daily reports of Negro churches being burned and Negro crowds gathering in front of white-owned stores in their section of town and … Continue reading

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