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Indigenous Civil Rights Leaders

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Hattiesburg voter registration demonstration
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MFDP delegates challenge Miss. Democrats at Democratic Convention, 1964
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Hamer Singing
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MFDP delegates challenge Miss. Democrats at Democratic Convention, 1964
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MFDP delegates challenge Miss. Democrats at Democratic Convention, 1964
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Vernon Dahmer, Civil Rights leader, Hattiesburg
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James Meredith
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James Meredith March, Mississippi
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Meredith On Highway
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James Meredith
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James Meredith March, Mississippi
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Injured Meredith
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Injured Meredith
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Aaron Henry mock election campaign
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Aaron Henry mock election campaign
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Aaron Henry mock election campaign
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Aaron Henry Testifying
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Henry Speaks At Rally
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Aaron Henry mock election campaign
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Aylene Quinn Protest
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Aylene Quinn Protest
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Community Center Dedication
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Turnbow and Volunteer
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Annie Devine
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Community Center Construction, Mileston Mississippi
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Victoria Gray
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Aaron Henry mock election campaign
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Ed King, Miss. native, supports racial integration
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Ed & Jeanette King
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King With Myrlie Evers
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Rosa Parks
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Hazel Brannon Smith
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Hazel Brannon Smith, Crusading MS Editor
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Indigenous Civil Rights Leaders

Most of these leaders grew up in the communities where they lived and often they had worked for decades quietly building local institutions to support the struggle for justice and freedom. They were truly the front lines of the Civil Rights movement, they paved the way, and many paid a heavy price for their involvement. Medgar Evers and Vernon Dahmer were killed by klansmen, James Meredith, the first black to graduate from the University of Mississippi, was gunned down on the first day of his march, Eylene Quin's home was bombed, Fannie Lou Hamer lost her job and was run off her plantation, Hartman Turnbow's farmhouse was set ablaze by a posse that included a local deputy sheriff.


 


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