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Women and the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1965$
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Davis W. Houck and David E. Dixon

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781604731071

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604731071.001.0001

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Lillian Smith

Lillian Smith

September 2, 1961, All Souls Unitarian Church, Washington, D.C.

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(p.169) Lillian Smith
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Women and the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1965
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Davis W. Houck

David E. Dixon

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604731071.003.0020

Born on December 12, 1897, in Jasper, Florida, Lillian Eugenia Smith had her first confusing and emotionally devastating encounter with the issue of race when her parents adopted a young white girl who turned out to be black and had been living with local blacks in “Colored Town.” Smith published her best-selling novel Strange Fruit in 1944 and her autobiographical Killers of the Dream in 1949. On September 2, 1961, Smith spoke at the All Soul’s Unitarian Church in Washington D.C. This chapter reproduces Smith’s speech, in which she explained how mobs form by citing Jackson, a town in Mississippi where segregation and white supremacy reigned.

Keywords:   speech, Lillian Eugenia Smith, blacks, segregation, white supremacy, All Soul’s Unitarian Church, Washington D.C., mobs, Mississippi, race

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