Black United Front

The Black United Front was a civil rights group operating out of Rankin County, MS, that sent a series of demands to businesses and the city government of Brandon, MS. The demands sent to businesses included proportionate employment of black people and an end to restaurant segregation. The demands sent to the government included demands […]

Church Fires in Rankin County

On June 21, 1964, a Molotov cocktail exploded in the basement of Sweet Rest Church of Christ’s Holiness in Rankin County. A fire broke out, but there were only minor damages. On July 19th, 1964 both St. Matthew’s Negro Baptist Church and the Grill Chapel Methodist Church were burned. On July 31, 1964, just miles […]

Dedmon, Daryl

Daryl Dedmon was convicted for the murder of James Craig Anderson. On June 26, 2011 seven young white men from Rankin County drove into Jackson, MS with the intention of committing hate crimes against black people. They attacked James Craig Anderson, a black man, beating him, robbing him, and finally running him over with their […]

Justice for James Craig Anderson

This group advocates for the prosecution of the individuals involved in the murder of James Craig Anderson. Sources: Justice for James Craig Anderson

Little Selma March

On May 29, 1965, in imitation of Martin Luther King Jr.’s march from Selma, Alabama, to Montgomery, Alabama, a group of 300 civil rights activists marched along Route 471 in Brandon, MS. The Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) organized the march, with the intention of presenting the Rankin County courthouse in Brandon with a petition […]