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May 7, 1955    go to audio

                                                                    

Reverend George Lee, vice president of the Regional Council of Negro Leadership and NAACP worker, was shot in the face and killed for urging blacks in the Mississippi Delta to vote. Although eyewitnesses saw a carload of whites drive by and shoot into Lee's automobile, the authorities failed to charge anyone. Governor White refused requests to send investigators to Belzoni where the murder occurred.

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That's the way cowards do. And then they mostly kill little children. You know. That's what they mostly do, and that's bad. But now, that's what they mostly do. That was one thing that made me not be afraid. Because I said, "Well, when I'm asleep, I put my self in the hands of the Almighty to look after me." Because I wouldn't know what's going on when I'm asleep. But I ain't got to worry for nothing when I'm walking around in the daytime because they're cowards. They ain't going to face you. They won't. Now, they'll face you if it's a hundred of them on one.

--State Stallworth, a Pascagoula native who became active in the United Paperworkers Union
(Mr. Stallworth was also the President of the Pascagoula NAACP. In this role, he filed and won racial discrimination suits against International Paper Company, local banks, post offices, city hall, and various merchants.)