Issues of the Mississippi Free Press

Issues: 1961   1962   1963   1964

[Begun by Medgar Evers and an interracial team in late 1961, the Mississippi Free Press was a four-page weekly newspaper covering the Freedom Movement and African-American community news. It was edited and written by John Salter, Charlie Butts, Gilbert Moses, Lucy Komisar, Henry Kirksey and other Civil Rights Movement activists. The Free Press was printed in Holmes County by Mrs. Hazel Brannon Smith and shipped to Jackson for distribution. On occassion, white officials attempted to block its distribution, police often harassed its writers and photographers who were trying to cover the news from a Black perspective and the newsboys who sold the paper risked violence and arrest on trumped up charges. ]


December 16, 1961, Rev. R.L.T. Smith runs for Congress, Conspiracy trial in Clarkesdale
December 23, 1961, First Public Civil Rights Hearing is Held, Police Brutality in Several Counties
December 30, 1961, Negro is Victim to Police Brutality, NAACP Reply


January 20, 1962, Ole Miss Integration Suit Delayed, NAACP Files Desegregation Suit
February 10, 1962, Police Intimidation Continues in Mississippi, FBI Investigates Police Brutality in Clarksdale
February 24, 1962, Police Brutality in Affidavit, Ministers aim to End Church School Jim Crow
March 10, 1962, Leake Negroes Asked for Integration, Trial Not Yet Set for NAACP Head
March 17, 1962, Aaron Henry convicted and appeals, Reasons Why Negro Citizens Should Vote
April 7, 1962, Negro GI Almost Lynched, NAACP Appeal to U.S. Attorney General Kennedy
April 21, 1962, 2 Negroes on State Ballot, Integrationists Hold Conference in Alabama
May 5, 1962, Human Relations Council Formed in State, Beaten Students Ask for protests
May 12, 1962, Jackson desegregates buses, Easter Kneel-Ins at Talledega
May 26, 1962, Negro Killed Over Love Affair, Southern Bias documented
June 9, 1962, Protesters arrested on federal property, Mississippi men promised a "Fair Deal"
June 30, 1962, Ole Miss integrating, NAACP Attorneys Gain 2-1 Decision
July 7, 1962, Leaders organize Southern Democratic Conference, Functions of Mississippi State Government
July 14, 1962, Reapportionment in Mississippi, NAACP Role of Politics
July 21, 1962, Employees protest bakery over inequality, The Importance of Labor Unions
July 28, 1962, Harts Employees Continue to Strike, Unjust imprisonment of black college student
August 4, 1962, Employees Still on Strike at Harts Bakery, Drop in voting complaints reported
August 8, 1962, MS governor promotes anti-labor law, Voter Registration Continues in Ruleville Despite Threats
August 11, 1962, Stikes occur at 14 sites in Jackson, Mishandled funds in Clarksdale
August 18, 1962, Petition to Integrate Schools, Civil Rights Committee to Meet
August 25, 1962, Strike ends with small pay hike, Free Press reporter threatened
September 1, 1962, Congress Says "No Poll Tax", Voter registration continues despite threats
September 15, 1962, Court orders Meredith admitted to Ole Miss, Two Injured in Ruleville Ambush
September 22, 1962, Interpostion or Integration? JFK on protection of voting rights
September 29, 1962, MS governor again blocks Meredith from registering at Ole Miss.
October 6, 1962, Meredith enrolls after court battle, Citizens form voters league in Ruleville
October 13, 1962, The Nation Pulls for Meredith, Terror and violence throughout Mississippi
October 20, 1962, State fair boycott, Investigation of Possible Rural Help
October 27, 1962, Apportionment Plan Up for Vote, Laborers Union Removes Weak Rep.



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