Kenneth Toler, Charles Marsh's grandfather, was born in Crowley, Louisiana. Toler began his career at the Crowley Daily Signal and then worked for The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, Tennessee, covering Mississippi politics beginning in 1928. In 1946, Toler penned a series of articles on Senator Theodore G. Bilbo's election eve remarks about barring potential African American voters from the polls and the repressive actions taken against blacks as a result of this speech. Toler also cast his support behind African Americans in Mississippi who were filing complaints with the U.S. Senate Committee to Investigate Campaign Expenditures. In 1957, Toler reported on the disparity in the per capita expenditures between white ($200) and African American ($25) children in the Mississippi educational system. The span of Toler's journalistic career exposed in Jim Crow realities in Mississippi politics from 1928 until his death in 1966.
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