Monthly Archives: February 2012

Sara Criss’ Civil Rights Memoir #77: Spring of ’68

“In late 1967 ‘The Greenwood Movement for Progress’ was organized by some of the black activists along with Catholic priests and nuns at the St. Francis of Assisi Center. An effort was made to boycott downtown merchants during the Christmas … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Sara Criss’ Civil Rights Memoir #75: King Comes to Greenwood

“[Martin Luther] King led the group up the wide front walk of the Court House and took his stand on the steps. A large crowd gathered around him, including marchers, some Court House employees, law enforcement personnel, and newsmen and … Continue reading

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Sara Criss’ Civil Rights Memoir #74: Marchers and Monuments

“The following day was very tense as Greenwood awaited the arrival of the marchers, whose numbers had been variously estimated to be between 500 and 1000, led by Martin Luther King. Some of the reporters said De La had been … Continue reading

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Sara Criss’ Civil Rights Memoir #73: Black Power

“About 2 p.m. three of the freedom marchers, all black, were arrested after they attempted to put up tents for the marchers on school grounds. Among the three was Stokely Carmichael, who had been here before and always spelled trouble. … Continue reading

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Sara Criss’ Civil Rights Memoir #72: Snaking down the Highway

“Another tense period came during the Freedom March in 1966. The Freedom March developed after James Meredith began a march from the northern state line to Jackson which was pretty widely publicized. After he had gone a short distance he … Continue reading

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Sara Criss’ Civil Rights Memoir #71: Fools on Parade

“In May of 1966, on a hot Sunday afternoon, we attended a Ku Klux Klan rally on the grounds of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Clubhouse. Russell, Carol Franklin of the Commonwealth and I drove out to the site where a … Continue reading

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