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Louisiana to Wyatt Tee Walker: Are You Crazy?

How do you tell if a Civil Rights activist is crazy? Would it help to ask him, “Why do you believe in integration?” Or, “Do you feel like people are against you?” Or maybe this question would do the trick. “Do you think I hate colored people any more than I hate northern Yankee bastards?” […]

New Footage of the Freedom Riders in Jackson

Mississippi, U.S.A. — a 30-minute TV news report first aired 55 years ago — is a significant new addition to the visual history of the Freedom Rides, and a stark portrait of Jackson on the verge of great change. The news report covered the arrival of the first Riders into Jackson on May 24, 1961. […]

Freedom Rider Diary from Jackson City Jail

Joan Mulholland kept a diary of her time in the Jackson city jail. The jailed riders wore their own clothes in Jackson, and Mulholland was able to hide a pencil and several sheets of crumpled paper in the hem of her skirt. When she was transferred to Parchman, she had to wear prison-issue clothing, but […]

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