Spencer Perkins's Unpublished Autobiography Chapter: "I'm on the Freedom Side"

1990 - 1998
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Spencer Perkins, the son of John Perkins, the leader of the Civil Rights Movement in Mendenhall, Mississippi, writes about his experience marching and picketing before Christmas in 1969. These civil rights activists encouraged shoppers to avoid spending money at local stores to show white citizens in Mendenhall the economic influence that the African Americans had on the town. Curry Brown led this action because Perkins’s own father was imprisoned. Perkins describes the unity that the African Americans felt as they sang songs and marched through the town hall, and the challenge of splitting up into smaller groups for picketing to promote a boycot of local shops. Perkins explains that an older white business owner took a knife on his picketing companion during their first day as protest, but that everyone remained safe, and the picketing continued throughout the winter. In spite of the lack of gifts or usual comforts, Perkins shares it was his favorite Christmas to date.

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Document Description: five-page typewritten document; located in PLT Archive folder "Perkins, Spencer 'I'm on the Freedom Side'"; part of unpublished book containing chapters 3SP01.01, 3SP02.013SP03.01, and 3SP04.01; The publication years noted in this doc entry reflect that this document is a chapter from an unpublished book writen by Spencer Perkins in the eight years before his death in 1998.

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