Fw: Mississippians Come Together
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From: "Zellie Orr" <zellie@...>
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Sent: Wednesday, February 25, 2004 7:03 PM
Subject: FW: Mississippians Come Together
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> 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.