SCARCE 1960s CIVIL RIGHTS BUTTONS FROM MISSISSIPPI INCLUDING "MEREDITH MARCH FOR FREEDOM."
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Tuesday, March 14, 2017 10:00:00 PM (20 Minute Clock Begins At Tuesday, March 14, 2017 10:00:00 PM)
First is 1.25" and reads "Boycott Mississippi Boycott." Exc. displaying Mint. Second is 2.25" w/"N. G. Slater" on curl. Background of this button has a wood grain appearance that is repeated on the curl and we believe was printed this way. Bump in field above "M" in "Freedom" and a couple tiny spots blending evenly near bump. Extremely Fine. James Meredith started a solitary "March Against Fear" for 220 miles beginning in Memphis, TN and planned to end in Jackson, Mississippi to protest racism. Soon after beginning the march he was injured by a sniper during an assassination attempt. Civil rights activists including Martin Luther King Jr. and Stokely Carmichael, decided to continue the march in Meredith's name. Ten days later, still on the march, Carmichael was arrested for trespassing and rejoined the marchers at a local park where camp had been established. Carmichael took to the speaker's platform and delivered his famous "Black Power" speech. King, who had gone to Chicago to organize open housing marches, returned to Mississippi to find that the civil rights movements' divisions between the old guard and the new guard had become public. SNCC's "Black Power" slogan was now competing for attention with SCLC's "Freedom Now" slogan. Ted Watts Collection.
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