Front page of the SNCC newspaper The Student Voice from May 1964.
Getting ready for Freedom Summer.
Top: Paul B. Johnson, sworn in as the new governor of Mississippi on January 21, 1964.
Bottom: Peggy Johnson Segrest, the governor’s sister, and her daughter, Jane Segrest, at an inauguration-day reception at the governor’s mansion. Behind them on the wall is a portrait of Peggy and Paul’s mother, “Mrs. Paul B. Johnson Sr.”
Source: Mississippi Department of Archives & History
The Jackson, MS, police force in 1964.
"We’ve got a large than usual police force," Mayor Allen Thompson of Jackson explains. "It’s twice as big as any city our size." The force was built up to control voter registration and other civil rights workers. "We’re going to be ready for them," he explains. "They won’t have a chance."
A page from a Mississippi movement pamphlet called “The Power of Your Vote,” ca. 1964.
From the Freedom Summer Digital Collection at the Wisconsin Historical Society.
Jackson Movement flyer from the summer of 1963, shortly after the assassination of Medgar Evers on June 12. From the files of the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission.
Now online via the Mississippi Department of Archives & History. http://bit.ly/1aX0o50
Great moments in Mississippi magazine history. Willie Morris resigns as editor of Harper’s, March 4, 1971.
The front and back of the new Mississippi Freedom Trail marker unveiled this week in Greenwood’s Broad Street Park, the site of Stokely Carmichael’s famous “Black Power” speech on June 16, 1966, during the March Against Fear (aka, the Meredith March).
More about the Mississppi Freedom Trail here: http://www.visitmississippi.org/mississippi-freedom-trail.aspx
Pre-inaugural hoopla flashback! Leontyne Price sings “America” like a badass at LBJ’s 1965 swearing in.