“As the heat of the black vs. white issues went from smoke to visable flame, a meeting of the rich and powerful was held in the corporate boardroom of a respected Jackson, Mississippi company. A vow was made that integration would never be permitted in the state. Each participant pledged his support and money to that end. And so, the Ku Klux Klan was assured of the financial means needed, not just to deter, but to destroy any movement that threatened their southern way of life.”
Court-ordered, total and immediate, desegregation of both students and faculty in Jackson was a crushing blow that infuriated the white community and the state. A riot at Jackson State College resulting in two deaths and several students being wounded told me to stay away from Jackson. But an anonymous, threatening letter lured me there.
This historical documentary of the excruciating death of segregation, which depicts people and events that changed America forever, is written in novel style. CALLED TO JACKSON takes the reader behind the scenes of political maneuverings, clandestine meetings with adversaries, and use of the power structure in rescuing the schools from perceived unavoidable chaos and complete destruction.
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