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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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“The Little Magazine that Could” Comes to Washington

“The Little Magazine that Could” Comes to Washington

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Shocking the Conscience

Simeon Booker

University Press of Mississippi

As Jet continued to grow, it began considering a plan to open a bureau in Washington, where much of the news related to the civil rights movement was originating. During that time, three black members of Congress—Charles Diggs, William Dawson, and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.—were pushing for civil rights across the nation. Jet was providing eyewitness coverage of the spreading civil rights revolution in the South, as well as day-to-day developments in the North. In this chapter, the author reflects on his selection as chief of Jet’s Washington bureau and how the position gave him access to the White House, Congress, and the highest ranks of government as well as people outside government. He also notes the continued segregation in Washington in 1956 and how the world of African Americans—and indeed the entire country—changed dramatically over the five decades when Jet established a news bureau in Washington.

Keywords:   civil rights movement, Jet, news bureau, Washington, Congress, White House, segregation, African Americans

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