Bailey, Samuel

Sam Bailey was a leader of the Progressive Voters’ League as early as 1956. A strong supporter of the NAACP, he traveled the state with his close friend Medgar Evers. In 1961, Bailey, with Joseph Broadwater and Burnett Jacob, filed a lawsuit challenging Jackson’s segregated public bus system. In 1962, Bailey joined Medgar and Myrlie Evers and several other parents in petitioning the Jackson school board to end segregation in the public schools.

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“Civil Rights Driving Tour of Hinds County”produced by the Associated Press, Tougaloo College, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, and the Mississippi Development Authority (Tourism Division).