By Gilbert R. Mason,James Patterson Smith

This ebook, the 1st to target the combination of the Gulf Coast, is Dr. Gilbert R. Mason's eyewitness account of harrowing episodes that happened there in the course of the civil rights move. Newly opened by means of courtroom order, records from the Mississippi Sovereignty Commission's mystery documents improve this riveting memoir written by means of an immense civil rights determine in Mississippi. He joined his buddies and allies Aaron Henry and the martyred Medgar Evers to strive against injustices in a single of the nation's so much infamous bastions of segregation.

In Mississippi, the civil rights fight all started in could 1959 with "wade-ins." In open and wakeful defiance of segregation legislation, Mason led 9 black Biloxians onto a limited spot alongside the twenty-six-mile seashore. A yr later extra wade-ins on seashores reserved for whites trigger the bloodiest race insurrection within the state's background and led the U.S. Justice division to begin the first-ever federal courtroom problem of Mississippi's segregationist legislation and practices. concurrently, Mason and native activists all started their paintings at the state's first institution desegregation go well with. because the coordinator of the method, he confronted threats to his lifestyles.

Mason's memoir supplies readers a documented trip in the course of the day-by-day humiliations that segregation and racism imposed upon the black population - upon fathers, moms, little ones, employees, and professionals.

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