Anne Moody & The Jackson Movement | Facing Segregation Head On | History Matters (Video)

At a time when the marginalization of black people in this country was at an all-time high, Anne Moody felt the need to make a difference. In the early 1960s while still a student at Tougaloo College she worked with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE)

In 1963, The Jackson Movement, which was organized to desegregate downtown facilities in Jackson, MS and obtain employment opportunities for African American’s in that city. In May of that same year three students from Tougaloo College, Anne Moody, Memphis Norman, and Pearlina Lewis staged a sit-in at the Woolworth’s segregated lunch counter. Even though the waitress refused to serve them they stood in their seats and endured a severe beating at the hands of the white mob that surrounded them.

The local police would eventually break up the mob after maybe three hours of them sitting at the counter and the four were ultimately taken to the NAACP headquarters on Lynch St. At the time, Meager Evers was the field secretary for the Mississippi NAACP, and he was heavily involved in that demonstration. 15 days after that situation Medgar Evers would be assassinated while standing outside of his house. The following year the Civil Rights Act was passed into law.

The determination and fearlessness that was demonstrated by those college students provide us a shining example of how to behave in the face injustice.


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