Mississippi: Contributing to Delinquency

In many a U.S. community, stocky Curtis Bryant, 44, would be considered a model citizen. A crane operator for the Illinois Central Railroad, he is head of his union local, a Baptist Sunday school teacher and deacon, a Boy Scout committee chairman. But he is also president of his county's chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People—and that, in McComb, Miss, (pop. 12,020), can apparently be enough to put a man behind bars.

By standards elsewhere, Bryant is far from a militant Negro leader. His 178 N.A.A.C.P. chapter members have dutifully passed the hat...

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