In the “Seven Days of 1961” podcast, workers, many of whom were teenagers, share how they risked everything to challenge white supremacy.
There are lessons to be learned from fighting racist laws: activists used tactics such as “jail, not bail” to turn the tables on those in power. They wore their Sunday best to convince critics they were legal citizens. They practice non-violence against violent police officers and KKK enemies to gain public support.
Everyone featured in the podcast helped the country try to reach a turning point: Prohibition Expand segregation and suffrage.
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Are we going to be brave enough to go with that huge crowd?
I think we were all thinking the same thing: what are we for?
We’ve been bringing you stories of resistance since 1961, a time that brought about massive change in the United States, directly from their residents.
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We were taken back in that police car. And weren’t we? Which car with us on the back road? We probably won’t survive now.
From USA Today, “Seven Days of 1961” highlights the actions of the people and the daily resistance that sparked the civil rights movement. Their work has helped to bring about major changes in the national policy, including the suffrage law of 1 policy5. They are reminiscent stories of fighting against injustice in the hands of their white neighbors, death at the hands of law enforcement, violence and the threat of imprisonment. Clocks clan.
I was always aware of being hurt, but it wasn’t enough to scare me into going to a demonstration because I thought we could achieve something.
These civil rights veterans are sharing the lessons of fighting against white law against racial law and all obstacles.
When the bus started to burn, we all knew we would probably be killed if we got off the bus. I made a decision. I am only 19 years old. Whether I’m going to be beaten to death, or whether I’m going to die on that burning bus.
I’m Natalie Boyd, USA Today ‘s podcast producer. In each episode, an activist shares how they find the courage to challenge the powerful in an isolated society.
The students went out with me. And here are these people. It was like a wall swallowing me up. At the time, I knew I wasn’t alone.
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