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Shocking the ConscienceA Reporter's Account of the Civil Rights Movement$
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Simeon Booker and Carol McCabe Booker

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781617037894

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617037894.001.0001

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“Time Is Running Out”

“Time Is Running Out”

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Shocking the Conscience

Simeon Booker

University Press of Mississippi

In this chapter, the author recalls his coverage of a voting rights rally in the Mississippi Delta town of Mound Bayou in April 1955. The rally drew 13,000 black men, women, and children, making it the largest ever in Mississippi. No white reporter covered the event, but two black Mississippi weeklies did: the Jackson Advocate and the Southern Mediator Journal. The author and his companion, Jet photographer David Jackson, interviewed some of the people in the crowd that included sharecroppers, cotton farmers, schoolteachers, clergy, and businesspeople who came from other parts of Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Tennessee. The opening remarks were delivered by Dr. T. R. M. Howard, who launched a crusade not only for voting rights for blacks but also against police brutality. Congressman Charles C. Diggs Jr., a Democrat from Detroit, was the keynote speaker.

Keywords:   voting rights, rally, Mississippi, Mound Bayou, David Jackson, T. R. M. Howard, blacks, police brutality, Charles C. Diggs Jr.

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