Lamar Smith, sixty-three-year-old farmer and World War II veteran, was shot
in cold blood on the crowded courthouse lawn in Brookhaven, Mississippi, for
urging blacks to vote. In Local People, John
Dittmer says that "although the sheriff saw a white man leaving the scene 'with
blood all over him,' no one admitted to having witnessed the shooting" and "the
killer went free."
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We had police brutality. And you know, the police would always find the
fault with the black man, you know, to lock him up. And we neveró. It wasn't
any white being locked up, but just only blacks. And we just got, you know,
kind of fed up on that. And we decided to do something about it. And we
decided we'll march against them.
--Bea Jenkins, a Sardis, Mississippi, native who became active in the
civil rights movement in the early sixties.