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    Default Article about Ole Miss in 1962

    I posted this in the college football thread, but after reading it I figured many of you might be interested in it. It's very interesting, and some parts are hard to read (at least for me) about some of the things that happened. Amazing how much things have changed.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/etick...=mississippi62

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebel View Post
    I posted this in the college football thread, but after reading it I figured many of you might be interested in it. It's very interesting, and some parts are hard to read (at least for me) about some of the things that happened. Amazing how much things have changed.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/etick...=mississippi62


    Thank you for posting this. And you are right, some parts of this article are painful to read but really need to be read and told……

    I grew up in south FL and can remember when some of the schools in my area desegregated in the late 60's. Of course it was nothing compared to what took place in the Deep South like in this article but, looking back, it is so amazing to me that this happened in my lifetime.

    When my brother started Jr. High (around ’69-’70) he was bused to what had been, back then, a “colored” school. I can remember my parents keeping him home from school because of the violence that took place there on a daily basis. When it was time for me to enter Jr. High two years later, we moved so I wouldn’t have to attend this school. Makes no sense to me but apparently my parents thought it was OK to send their son there but not their daughter.

    I remember riding in the car with my mom sometime in the early to mid ‘70’s and seeing members of the KKK, decked out in their robes in broad daylight, collecting money in donation buckets while standing in the middle of an intersection in Homestead, FL. There were women dressed in robes, holding babies dressed in robes.....
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    I've told this story before, but when my Dad was in the army, he was stationed in Alabama (Fort Rucker?) in 1964.

    He and a couple of his buddies went into this joint to get something to eat when a black man came in there to get something to eat as well.

    Well, of course the guy was run out of there, with the owner telling him, "We don't serve N'rs in here!" The guy left and was outside the building just standing there.

    My Dad thought, "Well, that's a bunch of bullshit, the guy just wants something to eat!" so he walked outside and talked to him and the told him, "I just want to get a Cheeseburger and some fries."

    So my Dad went back in and ordered the food, paid for it, and took it out to the guy.

    The guy was grateful and he invited my Dad and his buddies back to his family's house, where they ended up sitting around and bullshitting and crashing for the night.

    My Dad ended up sleeping on the couch, and when he woke up, there were three little black kids just standing there staring at him and it kind of freaked him out. He said, "I never had any problem with black people, but waking up with three black kids staring at you was a little different!"

    There's more to the story, but I can't remember it all. I want to take a recorder up to Washington this summer and record my Dad telling stories about the old days. It would make for some interesting listening.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Viking View Post
    I've told this story before, but when my Dad was in the army, he was stationed in Alabama (Fort Rucker?) in 1964.

    He and a couple of his buddies went into this joint to get something to eat when a black man came in there to get something to eat as well.

    Well, of course the guy was run out of there, with the owner telling him, "We don't serve N'rs in here!" The guy left and was outside the building just standing there.

    My Dad thought, "Well, that's a bunch of bullshit, the guy just wants something to eat!" so he walked outside and talked to him and the told him, "I just want to get a Cheeseburger and some fries."

    So my Dad went back in and ordered the food, paid for it, and took it out to the guy.

    The guy was grateful and he invited my Dad and his buddies back to his family's house, where they ended up sitting around and bullshitting and crashing for the night.

    My Dad ended up sleeping on the couch, and when he woke up, there were three little black kids just standing there staring at him and it kind of freaked him out. He said, "I never had any problem with black people, but waking up with three black kids staring at you was a little different!"

    There's more to the story, but I can't remember it all. I want to take a recorder up to Washington this summer and record my Dad telling stories about the old days. It would make for some interesting listening.
    Your dad sounds like a pretty reasonable guy....did he realize he was (literally) risking his own life?...either way good on him.
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