[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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