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    50 Years Ago This Month a New York DJ Spoke Out for Justice and a Brave Mississippi Newspaper

    Ira Harkey had a degree in journalism, some experience as a reporter and a powerful social conscience when he bought the Pascagoula Chronicle in 1949. Harkey, the son of a wealthy New Orleans businessman and a graduate of Tulane University, had worked as a reporter for the New Orleans Times-Picayune after being discharged from the Navy at the end of World War Two, and gladly seized the opportunity to publish a newspaper of his own in the small Mississippi Gulf Coast town not far from the Florida border.

    Harkey immediately began making changes in the Chronicle. First to go was the newspaper’s practice of referring to only whites as “Mr.” or “Mrs.” and blacks simply by name; Harkey dropped the titles for all. He also did away with what was then common practice in Southern newspapers of describing all non-whites mentioned in articles as “colored”; Harkey omitted all references to race except where it was material to the story. These and other subtle but revolutionary (for the Deep South) changes inflamed many in the local community. Harkey took over editorial writing for the Chronicle in 1951, and the newspaper began to earn a statewide reputation as Jackson County’s lone voice for civil rights and against Mississippi’s long-standing Jim Crow laws. In 1954 after the Supreme Court ruling on school integration, a cross, attributed to the Ku Klux Klan, was burned in front of Harkey’s home.

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    Hobbs: "How come we play war and not peace?" Calvin: "Too few role models."

    by BOHICA on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 05:37:16 AM PST

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