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Mississippi - West Point: Wilma Falls Interviewee [Part 1]
Dent, Thomas C.
Tom Dent interviews Wilma Falls in West Point, Mississippi. She talks about the time she was criminally charged with intent to overthrow the government. The case was brought to federal court in the 1970s and she won the suite. She says this was most likely because she had good representation but it was a very hard battle. She felt unsupported and isolated. She talks about the experience of being handcuffed in front of her parents. She was kept in a prison and did not see daylight for three days. They talk about mutual acquaintances. Falls speculated that they might have planted evidence at her house and in her car because they found guns at her house that did not belong to her. She was found in violation of her parole and forced to return to jail. They discuss the feuding of the later Civil Rights movement, particularly Bannerman's interaction with several other key people. She talks about her time with MASE and the animosity they sometimes faced from the community. She tells the story of a bar fight she was involved in when she was a part of MASE. Though it is a funny story, she says it was vital to MASE earning the respect of the Black community.
African AmericansCivil rightsEducationRace relations
West Point (Ms.)
Tulane University Digital Library
Box 152, Item 11, Side 1, Tom Dent collection, Amistad Research Center at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
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