Academic journal article The Journal of Pan African Studies (Online)

Right to Revolt: The Crusade for Racial Justice in Mississippi's Central Piney Woods

Academic journal article The Journal of Pan African Studies (Online)

Right to Revolt: The Crusade for Racial Justice in Mississippi's Central Piney Woods

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Boyett, Patricia Michelle. Right to Revolt: The Crusade for Racial Justice in Mississippi's Central Piney Woods. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 2015, pp.338, ISBN: 1496804309.

This contribution debunks the myth of moderation by exploring the mob lynchings, police brutality, malicious prosecutions, and Klan terrorism that linked Forrest and Jones Counties since their founding. Retrospectively, on January 10, 1966, Klansmen murdered civil rights leader Vernon Dahmer in Forrest County, Mississippi. Despite the FBI's growing conflict against the Klan, recent civil rights legislation, and progressive court rulings, the Imperial Wizard promised his men: "no jury in Mississippi would convict a white man for killing a nigger." Yet this murder inspired change. Since the onset of the civil rights movement, local authorities had mitigated federal intervention by using subtle but insidious methods to suppress activism in public arenas. …

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