Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Women and the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1965$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM Mississippi SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.mississippi.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University Press of Mississippi, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in MSSO for personal use.date: 25 May 2020

Lillian Smith

Lillian Smith

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

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

Davis W. Houck

David E. Dixon

University Press of Mississippi

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

University Press of Mississippi requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.