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Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan
© Bill Eppridge, 1964, Mrs. Chaney & young Ben, James Chaney funeral, Meridian, Mississippi James Earl "J.E." Chaney (May 30, 1943 – June 21, 1964), from Meridian, Mississippi, was one of three American civil rights workers who were murdered during Freedom Summer by members of the Ku Klux Klan near Philadelphia, Mississippi. The others were Andrew Goodman & Michael Schwerner from New York City.
Freedom Riders, Jackson MS, 1961 "... civil rights activists who rode interstate buses into the segregated southern US in 1961 to challenge the non-enforcement of US from 1946 & 1960 that ruled that segregated public buses were unconstitutional. The Southern states had ignored the rulings & the federal government did nothing to enforce them. The first Freedom Ride left Washington, D.C., on May 4, 1961... "
Klansman doing sentry duty near the Klan encampment at Kiles, Ohio. After the Klan targeted the ethically diverse (Irish and Italian) town for an intimidating parade, an anti-Klan organization, the Knights of the Flaming Circle come forward to resist. The result was riot and the arrest of over 100 people. Nov. 1924.
Ferry, Mississippi River, 1964. "Jim Crow must go" read the signs. It took an awful lot of courage, and the willingness to get up every day and expose yourself to the possibility of beatings and death. But they persevered...and Barack Obama is now president of the United States.