Mississippi Harmony: Memoirs of a Freedom Fighter

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In 1963, Winson Hudson finally registered to vote in Leake County, Mississippi, when she interpreted part of the state constitution by saying, “It meant what it said and it said what it meant.” Her first attempt had been in 1937. A lifelong native of the rural, all-black community of Harmony, Winson has lived through some of the most racially oppressive periods in her state’s history--and has devoted her life to combatting discrimination. With her sister Dovie, Winson filed the first lawsuit to desegregate the ...

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In 1963, Winson Hudson finally registered to vote in Leake County, Mississippi, when she interpreted part of the state constitution by saying, “It meant what it said and it said what it meant.” Her first attempt had been in 1937. A lifelong native of the rural, all-black community of Harmony, Winson has lived through some of the most racially oppressive periods in her state’s history--and has devoted her life to combatting discrimination. With her sister Dovie, Winson filed the first lawsuit to desegregate the public schools in a rural county. Helping to establish the county NAACP chapter in 1961, Winson served as its president for 38 years. Her work has included voting rights, school desegregation, health care, government loans, telephone service, good roads, housing, and childcare--issues that were intertwined with the black freedom struggle. Winson’s narrative, presented in her own words with historical background from noted author and activist Constance Curry, is both triumphant and tragic, inspiring and disturbing. It illustrates the virtually untold story of the role that African American women played in the civil rights movement at the local level in black communities throughout the South.

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This precious book reveals some of who we mean when we so proudly and so humbly say 'we'.
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Hudson is a relatively unknown activist from the relatively unfamiliar Leake County, MS, whose small acts of bravery made a big difference. Readers who didn't catch her profile in Brian Lanker's I Dream a World will be pleased with this chronicle of her struggles to register to vote, desegregate the public schools, and bring racial equality to her rural town. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780312295530
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 11/9/2002
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 8.48 (w) x 5.62 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Winson Hudson was born in Carthage, Mississippi in 1916. Her many honors include the NAACP's Freedom Award for Outstanding Community Service and inclusion in Brian Lanker's book of photographs of black women who changed America, I Dream a World. Constance Curry is an activist, attorney, and professor of women's studies at Emory University. She has written several books on the the civil rights movement, including Deep in Our Hearts and the award-winning Silver Rights.

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    It was wonderful to read a book that told a story of oppression from someone who is not famous or dead. I am glad Mrs. Hudson had the courage to speak out and let the world know how far we have come and how far we still have to come. Thank you for such an enlighting book.

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