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Mississippi Harmony: Memoirs of a Freedom Fighter
     

Mississippi Harmony: Memoirs of a Freedom Fighter

by Winson Hudson, Constance Curry
 

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

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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 memoir is proof that one person can make a difference. Winson Hudson lives in Harmony, Mississippi and, due to her efforts, the town has reached new levels of harmony. She has worked tirelessly for improved health care, education, voting rights, and has been involved in every effort of the Civil Rights Movement, including establishing a chapter of the NAACP in her community. Her story is told with pride, sadness for the lives and opportunities lost, and great hope for the future. Constance Curry's background as an activist, attorney and professor at Emory University adds insight to Hudson's story and that of her sister, Dovie. Derrick Bell, a civil rights attorney who worked with them early on, attests to their contribution in his Foreword. KLIATT Codes: JSA—Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2002, Macmillan, Palgrave, 150p. illus. index., Ages 12 to adult.
—Nola Theiss

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781403964076
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
12/17/2003
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.50(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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