Sara Criss’ Civil Rights Memoir #76: King and Ida

“King again came to Greenwood two weeks before his slaying and spoke to a large gathering at one of the black churches. He was picked up at the airport under pretty heavy security because we certainly did not want anything happening to him here and were relieved when he left town. I sat in the car with Carol Franklin [reporter for the Greenwood Commonwealth] and [Police Commissioner] Buff Hammond and we listened to a loudspeaker. All of the crowd could not get inside the church.

“While we were sitting there, Ida Holland, who had been some prominent in the earlier marches, came over to the car and said, ‘Well, if ain’t the old commish,’ referring to Hammond’s position as Police Commissioner. Buff laughed and said, ‘Ida, where in the hell have you been?’ ‘Michigan, in school,’ she replied.

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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