James Marshall
(Yehuda Ben-Dror)

CORE, 1963-65. NYC, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi
Current Residence: Brookline, MA
Email: jpbdm19@gmail.com

Student Activism and Civil Rights in Mississippi ...
Mississippi Civil Rights Movement and the Kennedy Administration, 1960-1964: ...

In 1963 I worked in support of the Mississippi "Freedom Vote", circulating news stories out of the Yale Daily News in order to break the press blackout of information concerning what Yale students were doing in Mississippi.

Later that year I took a year off from school and began working with National CORE in New York City under Marvin Rich in the Communications Department. In the spring of 1964 I worked with Norman Hill and Bayard Rustin on the "March for Democratic Schools". After that I worked in organizing the demonstrations at the opening of the World's Fair in Flushing Meadow in April. I continued working with CORE through the summer of 1964 and helping SNCC's New York office staff when needed.

The following winter I returned to Yale. In the spring I went to Selma for the march and was jailed in Montgomery for demonstrating opposite the state house.

When I returned to Yale I began a senior paper under the advisory help of Prof. Staughton Lynd. That study was submitted in the spring of 1966. In the process of writing that study I interviewed many movement people and went to Atlanta, Jackson, Mississippi, and parts of the Delta. In the summer of 1967 I went to Israel during the Six Day War, where I resided until 1989 when I came back to the United States to further my academic research.

During the period I lived in Israel I completed an extensive study of the movement entitled "Protest Politics in the Closed Society: The Story of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement, 1960-1965".

During my fellowship at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University, I have finished the manuscript on the Mississippi movement and it will appear in the spring of 2013 with Louisiana State University Press. The revised title of the book is Student Activism and Civil Rights in Mississippi: Protest Politics and the Struggle for Racial Justice, 1960-1965.


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