1963 Jackson Daily News story about Benny Oliver who was fined $100 and sent to jail for 30 days for attacking a civil rights protester. The article also mentions the 15 civil rights protesters who were fined $500 each and sentenced to six months in jail for trespassing and obstructing sidewalks during a sit in.
added by peter 01 Feb 2010
The Last Holy Day (by Hunter Gray)
The night of June 18, 1963:
Flat on the operating table, I looked up at the young white surgeon poring
over me. Behind him stood an array of other whites. Medical whites.
"You'd like to kill me, wouldn't you?" I asked him.
He shook his head slowly, sadly.
Then it was many hours later, next morning. I was still alive.
added by chris 02 Feb 2010
MEDGAR W. EVERS: REFLECTION AND...
Hunter Gray (aka John Salter) granted me permission to share his memory of his last night with Medgar Evers: I saw Medgar late one afternoon, Tuesday, June 11. He was dead tired and really discouraged -- sick at what was happening to the Jackson Movement, but too much a staff man to openly challenge it. (Back in January, 1963, he had openly challenged the National Office; told New York to speed up the Jackson school desegregation suit -- of which two of his own children were plaintiffs -- and hinted if they didn't, he might resign his job. The National Office had speeded it up -- a little.) But, in this situation, although he was with us intellectually and emotionally, he didn't really buck the National Office. We had a long talk and, despite the internal situation, an extremely cordial one. But he was more disheartened than I had ever known him to be. Later that evening, we were all at a little mass meeting (the size of the meetings had grown as the Movement had grown, from a handful to 1,500 or 2,000 a night, but now, as the Movement waned, they were waning in size) and at this meeting it was announced by the National Office people that the focus of the Jackson Movement was now officially voter registration -- no more demonstrations. The boycott, out of which it had all grown, would continue -- but no more demonstrations. NAACP T-shirts were being sold. It was a sorry mess. Medgar had no enthusiasm at all; said virtually nothing at the meeting; looked, indeed, as though he was ready to die. A few hours later, he was shot to death in front of his home.
added by chris 02 Feb 2010
Gingrich: Obama is most radical...
I think one of the most appalling things that can occur, occurred in Dr. King's realization in a Birmingham Jail Cell, that at "that time" white clergy of the south were neither receptive nor understanding to the call of liberation from "forced segregation". And even, now; still, integration evolved in to "private schools" and now charter schools. Integration has been limited at all levels of society.
The seperatist ideal, still exists in the American moral psyche. It is being exascerbated on a daily basis, through cultural denial of ethnic morality or immorality. Two national proponents of equal-justice were rejected by white clergy in 2007, during the largest 'non-violent civil-rights demonstration' in modern times. The quesition was and is: should a person be charged unjustly and unequal for a crime, that would otherwise be lesser charged if the person were of the white race, period? There were those, who refused to discuss the matter. Dr. King said he was "gravely disappointed with the 'white moderate'. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more doveted to "order" than to justice;. .. ." King further stated, "We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people." In Jena, Louisiana in 2007 white clergy were approached to discuss the attempted-murder charges applied to the Jena6. It was in the midst of the "march of 300" and the march of September 20, 2007. Eventually, in 2009 a plea deal was reached for the remaining defendants. Dr. King stated: "Let me take note of my other major disappointment. I have been so greatly disappointed with the white church and its leadership. Of course, there are some notable exceptions. .. . But the despite those notable exceptions, I must honestly reiterate that I have been disappointed with the church." Thursday, in New Orleans, Louisiana Newt Gingrich called the President "the most radical president ever". King wrote his words in 1963, his quotes are from the book "Why We Can't Wait"-Letter From Birmingham Jail.
added by StateofJustice 09 Apr 2010