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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 Sleeping Giant

The Sleeping Giant

(p.3) 1 The Sleeping Giant
Shocking the Conscience

Simeon Booker

University Press of Mississippi

In this chapter, the author narrates his coverage of a voting rights rally in the Mississippi Delta town of Mound Bayou in April 1955. It was Mississippi’s largest civil rights meeting in almost fifty years, and its first voting rights rally since the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education in May 1954. As a black man, the author recalls having experienced the indignities of segregation in the border states of Maryland and Virginia, and even in the nation’s capital. It was his first trip to Mississippi and his first assignment in the Deep South. On this assignment, he was accompanied by Jet photographer David Jackson. Their contact person, and Mound Bayou’s most prominent citizen, was Dr. T. R. M. Howard. Mound Bayou had caught the attention of prominent Americans, including Booker T. Washington, a renowned advocate of trade schools for blacks and the founder of the Tuskegee Institute.

Keywords:   voting rights, rally, Mississippi, Mound Bayou, civil rights, Deep South, David Jackson, Booker T. Washington, blacks, T. R. M. Howard

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