Monthly Archives: January 2012

Sara Criss’ Civil Rights Memoir #48: Fireworks of a Different Sort

“I will never forget that Fourth of July, a Sunday [1964]. I rode through downtown to see if everything was quiet and noticed there was only one American flag flying on a day when normally there would have been flags … Continue reading

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Sara Criss’ Civil Rights Memoir #47: Doomed Theatre

“One black family which was to play a prominent role in the integration activities that summer [1964] was the McGhee family. The mother, Laura McGhee, was both mean and crazy. She had caused a scene at the Red Cross office … Continue reading

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Sara Criss’ Civil Rights Memoir #46: Letter to Ohio

“I sat on the back porch one morning and wrote a letter to my former neighbor and good friend, Marge Doyle in St. Clairsville, Ohio, but I never mailed it for fear she might not fully understand our feeling of … Continue reading

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Sara Criss’ Civil Rights Memoir #45: Change in the Wind

“On July 2 [1964] President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the Civil Rights Act which heralded the beginning of some of Greenwood’s most trying times. The state leaders as well as the local leaders had done everything in their power … Continue reading

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Sara Criss’ Civil Rights Memoir #44: Freedom Schools

“The students, black and white, poured into Greenwood and fanned out all over the Delta to conduct Freedom Schools, teaching reading and writing, and assist Negroes in registering to vote. They came from prestigious schools such as Harvard and Yale, … Continue reading

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Sara Criss’ Civil Rights Memoir #43: The Long Hot Summer Begins

“As soon as school was out black and white college students from the North and East began heading South to help in the civil rights drive. They were being trained in Oxford, Ohio. A press release from Oxford on June … Continue reading

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Sara Criss’ Civil Rights Memoir #42

“On April 9 there were 17 pickets, including five white ministers, arrested in front of the Court House. After they had picketed for 30 minutes, Chief Lary told them they would be restricted to ten and must be of voting … Continue reading

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