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Indigenous Civil Rights Leaders

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Hattiesburg voter registration demonstration
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MFDP delegates challenge Mississippi Democrats at Democratic Convention, 1964
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MFDP delegates challenge Mississippi Democrats at Democratic Convention, 1964
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MFDP delegates challenge Mississippi Democrats at Democratic Convention, 1964
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MFDP delegates challenge Mississippi Democrats at Democratic Convention, 1964
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Vernon Dahmer, Civil Rights leader
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Vernon Dahmer, Civil Rights leader, Hattiesburg
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James Meredith March Through Mississippi, June 1966
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James Meredith March Through Mississippi, June 1966
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James Meredith March Through Mississippi, June 1966
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James Meredith March Through Mississippi, June 1966
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James Meredith March Through Mississippi, June 1966
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James Meredith March Through Mississippi, June 1966
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James Meredith March Through Mississippi, June 1966
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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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MFDP delegates challenge Mississippi Democrats at Democratic Convention, 1964
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Aaron Henry mock election campaign
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Aaron Henry mock election campaign
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'No More Police Brutality'' Cop attacks child, Jackson, Mississippi
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'No More Police Brutality'' Cop attacks child, Jackson, Mississippi
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Community Center Dedication, Freedom summer 1964
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Community Center Construction, Mileston MS, summer 65
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Annie Devine
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MFDP delegates challenge Mississippi Democrats at Democratic Convention, 1964
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Community Center Dedication, Freedom summer 1964
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Community Center Dedication, Freedom summer 1964
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Aaron Henry mock election campaign
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Ed King, Mississippi native, supports racial integration
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Ed King, Mississippi native, supports racial integration
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Ed King, Mississippi native, supports racial integration
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Ed King, Mississippi native, supports racial integration
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Selma to Montgomery March for voting rights: 1966
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Hazel Brannon Smith, Crusading MS Editor
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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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