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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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Marie Foster

Marie Foster

October 5, 1963, First Baptist Church, Selma, Alabama

(p.224) Marie Foster
Women and the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1965

Davis W. Houck

David E. Dixon

University Press of Mississippi

Born on October 24, 1917, in Wilcox County, Alabama, Marie Jackson Foster was a civil rights activist who devoted her time to housing for the poor. Foster once distributed voting registration leaflets and offered citizenship classes in her home and lobbied for the removal of a statue in a public park rendering the likeness of a Ku Klux Klan founder. On October 5, 1963, she spoke at a mass meeting in the First Baptist Church in Selma, Alabama. This chapter reproduces Foster’s speech, which came amid student protests, sit-ins, and other events that caused tensions in Selma and Alabama. Foster gave a brief account of all the places in the world where blacks experience discrimination, from Bulgaria to Canada. She also mentioned many of the so-called “savages” who had taken office during the Radical Reconstruction era and predicted the imminent death of Jim Crow.

Keywords:   speech, Marie Jackson Foster, civil rights, First Baptist Church, Selma, Alabama, sit-ins, blacks, discrimination, Jim Crow

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