My years in the movement started in the 1950s in interracial summer camps and continued in support of the Freedom Vote in Mississippi in the fall of 1963 and with James Farmer and Bayard Rustin and Norman Hill in New York City in 1964. I was in Selma in 1965 and went to jail in Montgomery during the march and was almost killed by Klansmen the night before they killed Viola Luizzo. Not everyone put their lives on the line, but many were needed to do the work behind the scenes supporting those who were constantly in danger. I chose to do both then and this year I have finally told the story I wrote about those times: Student Activism and Civil Rights in Mississippi: Protest Politics and the Struggle for Racial Justice, 1960-1965.
James P Marshall
Aug 26 2013 - 5:53pm