Civil Rights: Do Not Despair

McComb, Miss., a town of 12,400 people set in the harsh, pine-dotted country in the southwestern corner of the state, quaintly refers to itself as "the Camellia City of America." In recent years McComb has justly earned a reputation as the toughest anti-civil rights community in the toughest anti-civil rights area in the toughest anti-civil rights state in the Union.

By rough count (which is the way McComb counts such things), during the past year at least 13 Negro homes, churches or business places have been bombed, another half-dozen burned. Local cops have harassed more than they have helped, and...

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