A PHOTO OF ME -- FROM MY HUGE FBI FILE
My FBI files are voluminous: more than 3,000 pages that I've recovered under FOIA -- plus several hundred that FBI adamantly refuses to release on "security" grounds. Sprinkled throughout are photos of me and this one appears to have been an FBI favourite. It appeared in the Jackson Daily News on May 29 1963. I'm standing outside the Woolworth store at Jackson following our just concluded three hour long civil rights sit-in of May 28 1963. Not shown here are my colleagues, a raft of Jackson police, and a large mob of hostile whites. The sit-in itself was the most violently attacked -- and the most well known -- of the 1960s epoch. [ See this link for more on the affair ] A huge mob gathered inside (with open Jackson police encouragement) and attacked us for three hours: dumping sugar and salt etc. on all of us and, in my case, striking me repeatedly with fists, brass knuckles, and the broken edges of sugar containers and burning cigarettes. Here, outside, I'm covered with blood and, in addition, there is sugar/salt on part of my head. The FBI lead number on the file photo -- 100 -- indicates "Security Matter."