The Brutal Winona, Mississippi
Jail Beatings of June 1963
Oral-history interview, by David Cline, 2013 Video + bio & metadata
In the summer of 1963 I worked with the Student Non Violent Coordinating Committee in Greenwood, Mississippi, Atlanta, Georgia, and in Savannah, Georgia. I currently live in the Los Angeles area.
In Savannah I worked with SNCC in coordination with the Chatham County Crusade for Voters. In Savannah I worked with SNCC in coordination with the Chatham County Crusade for Voters.
I While I was in Mississippi I worked with Snick at the office of the Council of Federated Organizations and under the direction of Mr. Willie (Wazir) Peacock was involved in helping to keep alive Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer, Ms. June Johnson, Ms. Annell Ponder and the other young ladies as well as Mr. Lawrence Guyot, all of whom were in custody in Winona, Mississippi.
I recall calling Medgar Evers and asking for his help arranging bail money. He said he had to go out to a meeting but would call me when he returned. Later that night we learned he had been murdered in front of his home after he returned from that meeting.
Snick later sent me to Atlanta, Georgia, to the SNCC office there, and then was sent by SNCC, along with two others to Savannah, Georgia where we became involved in support of the Chatham County Crusade for Voters. In July of 1963 I was jailed and kept in custody in the Chatham County jail along with about fifty other civil rights workers, including Mr. Hosea Williams.
It was a great privilege to be involved in the civil rights movement. I learned a good deal about the need to keep working for social justice. The victories of the civil rights movement were important. The struggle against racism is an ongoing struggle.