Monthly Archives: March 2012

Sara Criss’ Civil Rights Memoir #88: Shooting the Messenger

“On January 27, a group of jeering students at the all-Negro Threadgill High School attempted to block the exit of Dr. W.B.Dribben, superintendent of Greenwood Schools, and Assistant Superintendent W.O.Benjamin as they left a meeting called by members of the … Continue reading

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Sara Criss’ Civil Rights Memoir #87: Conundrum

“On January 26 [1970] at the Leflore County Court House, about 500 persons attended a meeting called for the purpose of showing support for the public schools in the face of recent total integration orders. One of the parents who … Continue reading

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Sara Criss’ Civil Rights Memoir #86: The Great Shuffle

“Some white parents said they would try to keep their children in the public schools even if the classes were heavily integrated the next semester, if the students were assigned to a previously all-white school, but that if they were … Continue reading

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Sara Criss’ Civil Rights Memoir #85: The Hammer Comes Down

“In August, 1969, the Greenwood School District was ordered to come up with a new plan for further integration. U.S.District Judge W.C.Keady of Greenville approved a compromise plan calling for zoning and the Bankston School was left as it had … Continue reading

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