Monthly Archives: March 2012

Requiem

Yesterday’s “Civil Rights Memoir #94” was the end of the line for Sara’s writings. She typed up her memories of her life and those trying times of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s in the early 1990s and never updated them. … Continue reading

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Sara Criss’ Civil Rights Memoir #94: End Results

“Otis Allen, Leflore County superintendent of education, said, ‘It will be much harder for parents to make the decision to send their children back to the public schools than it was to make the decision to leave it. Once they … Continue reading

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Sara Criss’ Civil Rights Memoir #93: Full Retreat

“The teachers were terribly disturbed especially when they learned that names would be drawn to determine who would be assigned to the black schools to make up the required black-white ratio. A number of them resigned and gave up their … Continue reading

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Sara Criss’ Civil Rights Memoir #92: GHS, Alma Mater

“The first time I put Mary Carol out at the high school after the 1970 court orders were implemented and saw the mixed crowd on the sidewalks, I cried all the way home, knowing that never again would our schools … Continue reading

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Sara Criss’ Civil Rights Memoir #91: Maroon and White

“There was a lot of bitterness. Those who chose to stay at GHS resented the others leaving the school. Many of those leaving did so only because their parents could not accept the situation. Some left because their buddies were … Continue reading

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Sara Criss’ Civil Rights Memoir #90: Mass Migration

“Pillow Academy, the private school to which most of the white children fled, was established several years before the court orders for wide scale integration. It originally had only grades one through eight with about 150 students enrolled. “I attended … Continue reading

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Sara Criss’ Civil Rights Memoir #89: Bailing Out

“Also it was ordered that all persons other than school employees and pupils enrolled at that specific school must first go to the principal’s office to obtain admission to the campus. Otherwise they will be considered trespassers and subject to … Continue reading

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