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 truck, killing him. Witnesses reported the young men were yelling out racial slurs while fleeing the scene. Dedmon was the first and primary individual charged. 4 other young men involved were prosecuted in 2012. The case also attracted the attention of the LGBT rights movement, as James Craig Anderson had a male partner who was not allowed to participate in the wrongful death suit, as he was not legally recognized as his partner.

LGBTQ Nation
USA Today

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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 against discrimination against black voters. The march was lead by George Raymond, along with several members of COFO from Canton, Jackson, and McComb. The marchers, after presenting their petition, attempted to take the voting registration test in the voting office but were denied as many were deemed ineligible.

Mississippi Sovereignty Commission, Mississippi Department of Archives & History

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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 for a government-housing program, an end to police brutality, an ouster of the town sheriff, and an overhaul of the Brandon prison system. The group threatened a boycott of all businesses in Brandon, MS, by all black people if their demands were not met. They went so far as to publish an “Uncle Tom’s List” of all black people caught breaking the boycott.

Mississippi Sovereignty Commission, Mississippi Department of Archives & History

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