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Civil Rights of the 1950s: Highlander and Tent City
Part One: (Guest presenter Emily Senefeld of Columbia State Community College.) The Highlander Folk School’s role in spawning the Civil Rights Movement needs to be remembered. It influenced Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., Pete Seeger, Ralph Abernathy and many others. But what was this place? Why did it exist? What did it do? And what became of it?

Part Two: In 1959, African Americans in Fayette County demanded the right to vote, having been barred from the process since Reconstruction. As a result, many people were evicted from their homes and boycotted by white property owners and merchants. Thousands of African American residents moved into surplus army tents set up in what became known as the “tent city.” Nathanial Ball of the Benjamin Hooks Center for Social Change at the University of Memphis presents on how residents organized, what they did what came out of it.

Nov 1, 2022 04:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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