Jerry DeMuth

SNCC, 1964-65, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi
Current Residence:
933 W. Ainslie St.
Chicago, IL 60640

Tired of Being Sick and Tired, The Nation, June 1, 1964.
Black Belt, Alabama: Total Segregation, Commonweal

Worked with SNCC in communications, research and printing in Atlanta office, and frequently visited projects in Selma and throughout Mississippi in 1964-65. In 1962 and 1963 also spent some time in Cairo, IL., and in SW Tennessee, unrelated to being on American Friends Service Committee staff in Dayton, Ohio, 1962-63, doing alternative service.

I made return trips to Mississippi and Selma in the 1970s. Wrote movement oriented articles for Commonweal, The Nation, New Republic, America, Dayton Journal-Herald, Milwaukee Journal, National Catholic Reporter and some other religious publications. Was on staff of Chicago Sun-Times 1966-78.

1962-65 were challenging and stimulating times, regarding belief in people and ideals of justice and democracy. And there were some surprises, a white farmer who gave food to the movement, a white auto mechanic who worked on movement cars — both of them in Mississippi; and the white doctor in Montgomery who stitched up a split in my scalp from Sheriff Clark's posse in Selma. All three of whom showed support and hope for justice and freedom among sputhern whites outside the movement.

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