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Archive for April 2008

Nazi-Trained German Shepherds Provide ‘Law, Order’

On March 27, 1961, nine black college students from Tougaloo College walked into the whites-only main branch of the Jackson public library, sat down and began reading books. The Tougaloo Nine — four women and five men, all members of a NAACP youth council — were arrested and charged with breach of peace, just as […]

Joan Mulholland: The Dean of Women Made Me Call Mom

Joan Trumpauer Mulholland was a freshman at Duke in the spring of 1960, and was actively involved in the local sit-in movement, something that she hadn’t shared with her parents until the university’s Dean of Women got involved. In Durham in 1960, we picketed pretty regularly, almost daily, and I was arrested twice at sit-ins. […]

Kredelle Petway: Correcting the Insurance Man

Several of the black Freedom Riders who grew up in the south told me similar stories about childhood protests. These were usually small incidents, unplanned — drinking from a white water fountain, sitting in a white seat on a bus — with little if any repercussions. In the book, Hank Thomas, who grew up in […]

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