Spencer Perkins's Unpublished Autobiography Chapter: "Line in the Dirt"

1990 - 1998
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Spencer Perkins, the son of civil rights leader John Perkins, writes about the segregation in swimming holes in Mendenhall, Mississippi, and one particular instance in early spring when he and his friends swam in a swimming hole that the white citizens deemed their own. Perkins explains that the white swimming holes were consistently safer than the African-American swimming holes, which accounted for the deaths of a high number of young African-Americans each year. In one incident, two white young men, about his age, arrived with guns,and the group chose to leave in order to ensure their own safety. Perkins goes on to discuss the sensation of submission, and how the anger it incites has the potential to do great harm. He writes that individuals coerced into submission must remember that sacrifice leads to the Kingdom of God.

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Document Description: eight-page typewritten document; located in PLT Archive folder "Perkins, Spencer 'Line in the Dirt'"; part of unpublished book containing chapters 3SP01.013SP02.013SP03.01 and 3SP09.01; The publication years noted in this doc entry reflect that this document is a chapter from an unpublished book writen by Spencer Perkins in the eight years before his death in 1998.

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