Count Them One by One: Black Mississippians Fighting for the by Gordon A. Martin Jr.

By Gordon A. Martin Jr.

Forrest County, Mississippi, grew to become a focus of the civil rights move whilst, in 1961, the us Justice division filed a lawsuit opposed to its balloting registrar Theron Lynd. whereas thirty percentage of the county's citizens have been black, simply twelve black people have been on its vote casting rolls. usa v. Lynd was once the 1st trial that ended in the conviction of a southern registrar for contempt of courtroom. The case served as a version for different demanding situations to voter discrimination within the South, and was once a massive impact in shaping the balloting Rights Act of 1965.Count Them one after the other is a entire account of the groundbreaking case written via one of many Justice Department's trial legal professionals. Gordon A. Martin, Jr., then a newly-minted attorney, traveled to Hattiesburg from Washington to assist form the federal case opposed to Lynd. He met with and ready the government's 16 black witnesses who have been refused registration, came upon white witnesses, and used to be one of many attorneys through the trial.Decades later, Martin again to Mississippi and interviewed the still-living witnesses, their youngsters, and buddies. Martin intertwines those present reflections with statement in regards to the case itself. the result's an impassioned, cogent fusion of reportage, oral historical past, and memoir a couple of trial that essentially reshaped liberty and the South.

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242. Mrs. Burger was the model victim. On the same date, the FBI advised Olney that Hauberg had told a New Orleans agent that no further investigation was necessary and that the grand jury presentation - 20 - a Civil rights division in Justice would likely be made in September or November. None was made until April. S. Attorney, reported that evidence had been presented over two days, but the Grand Jury failed to indict. “There was some discrepancy in the testimony of Addie Burger. ” How about another conference, he urged, perhaps with four or five of the leading attorneys in Forrest County?

There were few investigations and far fewer prosecutions. 33 White resigned after a year, in part because of recurring clashes with the Civil Rights Commission. That conflict became only somewhat muted during the Kennedy administration. ”35 - 26 - a Civil rights division in Justice Joseph M. F. Ryan, White’s first assistant as he had been in the Office of Legal Counsel, became acting assistant attorney general upon White’s resignation, holding that post for much of the next year. ”41 After the 1959 lynching by the Klan of Mack Charles Parker in Pearl River County, Mississippi, Caldwell was promoted: “I became Assistant to the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights.

M. M. ”8 The Montgomery bus boycott, which began in December 1955, had made national figures of Rosa Parks, the forty-three-year-old tailor’s assistant who had refused to give up her seat for a white man, and the twenty-sixyear-old Atlanta-born minister of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church who coordinated the boycott, the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. By 1960 Dr. King and his Southern Christian Leadership Conference were approaching the top of the American civil rights firmament where Roy Wilkins and the NAACP had long been and James Farmer and the Congress of Racial Equality would soon arrive.

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