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  • John A. Gable
    ... From: Zellie Orr To: ; Sent: Wednesday, February 25, 2004 7:03 PM Subject: FW:
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 26, 2004
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Zellie Orr" <zellie@...>
      To: <Tweedr@...>; <TRA_Gable@...>
      Sent: Wednesday, February 25, 2004 7:03 PM
      Subject: FW: Mississippians Come Together

      > -----Original Message-----
      > From: Zellie Orr [mailto:zellie@...]
      > Sent: Wednesday, February 25, 2004 3:08 PM
      > Subject: Mississippians Come Together
      > ...Saying what we really think, feel or believe is often difficult. On
      > Thursday (Feb. 19th.) and Saturday (Feb. 21st.) Indianolans did just that!
      > While during an exhibit at Seymour Library- Feb. 19th., the
      > of Mr. Henry M. Seymour (for whom the Library is named), affirmed that it
      > was her family members who had denied blacks the use of the library by
      > refusing them library cards.
      > Ironically, at the very time she was telling me about the life-changing
      > experience that she so vividly recalled as a 10-year old white child, two
      > African-American civil rights activists who had marched around the
      > (forty years earlier) in an attempt to desegregate the library...led by my
      > fiancé, Charlie Scattergood, were also present. The protest had resulted
      > their being jailed, and Charlie dragged some fifty feet.
      > Neither she (Leslee), nor them (Robert & Juanita), knew each other. I
      > introduced them, and with teary eyes we dialogued. We learned of each
      > fears, and aspirations...more than anything else a much needed spiritual
      > healing had begun.
      > Standing beneath the photo of Leslee's dad--- Leslee, Robert, Juanita
      > my 10-year old daughter, Haley, holding the photo of her deceased
      > (Charlie), we bonded at the very library that had once divided us.
      > February 21st., in the Chancery Clerk's office in Indianola a diverse
      > group of locals and others from out-of-state came together to commemorate
      > 100 years later the contributions of two of Mississippi's outstanding
      > citizens, Wayne & Minnie Cox. They, with President Roosevelt coming to
      > defense when some whites in Indianola took adverse action attempting to
      > Minnie Cox from her position as the nation's first African-American female
      > postmaster, became perhaps the first in the "pre-struggle" for the equal
      > rights of all Americans.
      > Five generations (100 years) later, Christina & Wellington III, the
      > descendants of Minnie & Wayne Cox stand next to a marker being erected in
      > Indianola's Cox Park. As a result of the tribute in which they were also
      > honored via the unveiling of Minnie's photo which is being placed in the
      > local post office...they are being vindicated.
      > With sincere thanks to God...to Charlie...to Mississippians and others
      > (black and white)...I am humbled and elated to be a part of building a
      > progressive Mississippi.
      > Love,
      > Zellie
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