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State Of Siege: Mississippi Whites And The Civil Rights Movement

Airs February 17 at 8PM on AM 820 and 93.9 FM

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

This new American RadioWorks program shines a light on the stories and strategies of the white opponents in Mississippi during the '60s, including their extraordinary tactics used to battle integration—and the legacy they left.

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Comments [3]

Russell Spry Williams from Chase City, VA

In January, 1964, the Presbyterian Church in the USA joined with the Episcopal Church in calling for clergy yo come to Hattiesburg, Mississippi, to picket the Forest County Courthouse, to stimulate voter registration. I agreed to come from Denver, Colorado for a week and stayed two weeks. I met Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer and Dick Gregory, but as a Negro I was frightened until I got back to Denver.

Mar. 13 2011 07:23 PM
Sheila Michaels from New York City

After the section on Medgar Evers I heard the voice (unidentified) of Mrs. Victoria Jackson Gray, who ran for US Senate against Stennis. She was rallying people to vote. The late Rev. Adams (who was then Mrs. Gray) was a major Civil Rights figure, a fine speaker & extraordinarily brave. You could have run that speech by either Hollis Watkins or John Dittmer, both of whom you interviewed. They would have identified her voice as quickly as I did. There's little enough recognition of the role of local people, particularly women. I do hope you will correct this oversight.

Feb. 17 2011 09:13 PM
Ken Wallace from Western Europe, Canada

Keep the music playing ...!

Feb. 17 2011 07:50 PM

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