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It is customary for many observers of the civil rights movement to assume that blacks fought against whites and that was it. A closer look at the situation reveals that on a number of occasions, white Southerners found ingenious ways to help out the activists. Their methods had to be secretive because the climate and "culture" in the South made it difficult, if not impossible, for southern whites to speak out against racism. Because they would have at best been ostracized and at worst killed for expressing sympathy for blacks in either deed or thought, this small but influential group of whites worked hard to provide civil rights activists with the information and resources they needed to achieve specific goals.


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I was fortunate during the movement because I was one of those persons that some of the Klan targeted, but some of the people that was associated with the Klan, as I say, would always somehow, when they were going to be shooting in some of our homes, we'd always get the word, somehow. I had a man that was a newspaper reporter, and his name was Terry Keaton, but we had people that would let us know whose homes was going to, basically, be targeted and we'd get prepared...

--Charles Young, a native of Meridian, Mississippi, became actively involved in the civil rights movement. A Korean war Army veteran and NAACP member, Young was elected in 1978 to the State House of Representatives from the 84th District.