Mississippi: Act of Savagery

"A moderate in Natchez," Negro Comedian Dick Gregory once said, "is a white man who hangs a nigger from a low tree." Though Gregory is a master of bitter hyperbole, there was no exaggeration in his description as far as one Wharlest Jackson, 36, was concerned last week. Jackson had the sort of background designed to infuriate Natchez-style moderates, not to mention extremists. He had been treasurer of the Natchez branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. He had actively participated in a boycott of white stores that followed the bombing of another Natchez N.A.A.C.P....

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