1961 Student Strike, Burgland Senior High School
Students protest the arrest of Brenda Travis and other civil rights activists by staging a walkout on October 4, 1961
Raymond Arenault, Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice-Click the link below to learn more about this book.
Newspaper clippings describe the reaction of city leaders to the protest and its aftermath.
Backstory and Context
Although the violence against these protesters would help galvanize support for the movement beyond the South, the constant arrests, firings, beatings, and bombings threatened to derail the movement in McComb and other small Southern communities. With the assistance of national organizations and the reluctant intervention of the Department of Justice, however, violent attacks on protesters would also come at a cost for defenders of segregation and white supremacy. After two years of protests, arrests, and increasingly unfavorable media coverage, moderate white leaders and business interests hoped to broker an end to the violence and lawlessness that also resulted in a gradual end to racial segregation.