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Black Life in Mississippi in the 1950s

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Although not segregated by law, in the 1950s and 60s whites and African Americans lived separate lives in the city of Yazoo, Mississippi. African American interviewees talk about their living conditions, education, jobs, and time in the military. Other topics include the role of the church in society, resistance to racial integration in public schools, racial discrimination in the workplace and fair employment opportunities, and the African American boycott of Yazoo's downtown shops in 1969. Also discussed in detail is an incident in 1955 where an NAACP petition was submitted to the White Citizens Council of Yazoo City, asking for complete desegregation of public schools. The complete collection record can be accessed on SPOKEdb, the Nunn Center's online collection catalog: <a href="