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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

This Week In '66


With Lynn Peril

It’s Wednesday, and that means a new episode of This Week in ‘66! On June 26, 1966, James Meredith led 16,000 people to the Mississippi state capitol at Jackson for a massive rally. The March Against Fear had covered 261 miles, and registered 4000 new voters along the way. Also in the news, a murder led the British government to crack down on pirate radio stations in the Thames estuary, and the jury in a Pasadena, California, obscenity trial was literally a captive audience as six “dirty” books were read aloud in court. 


“Book Seller Found Guilty in Pasadena,” The Los Angeles Times, July 8, 1966, 107. 

“Books Held Obscene Being Read to Jury,” The Los Angeles Times, June 14, 1966, 12. 

“Calm Rally Ends Rights March,” The Tennessean (Nashville, TN), June 27, 1966, 1. 

Chriss, Nicholas C., and Ronald J. Ostrow, “Meredith March Finale May Fall Far Short of Selma Trek,” The Los Angeles Times, June 26, 1966, 1. 

“Dixie Police Beat, Gas 2000 Marchers; Hit Negroes Camping in Schoolyard; 600 Heed Call By Dr. King for Rally After Dark,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 24, 1966,1. 

“Eight Die, 45 Hurt as Jet Razes Homes; Plane Falls After Crash in Mid-Air; Crews Bail Out Following Crash at Hampton, VA,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 21, 1966,1. 

“Marchers Regroup for New ‘Confrontations,’” Hattiesburg American, June 24, 1966, 1

“Material Judged Obscene; Bookstand Owner Fined $3300,” Los Angeles Times, July 22, 1966, 10. 

“‘Miracle’ Cuts Jet Toll to 2 in Hampton Crash,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 22, 1966,3. 

Nelson, Jack, and Nicholas C. Criss, “Accord Reached in Mississippi March; But Agreement Angers Many in Negro Ranks,” The Los Angeles Times, June 25, 1966, 1. 

Nelson, Jack, “Dissension Divides Negroes Near End of Rights March,” The Los Angeles Times, June 26, 1966, 1. 

Nelson, Jack, “12,000 Climax March with Huge Rally at Miss. Capitol,” The Los Angeles Times, June 27, 1966, 1. 

“Rocks, Jeers, Greet Dr. King, Followers,” Oakland Tribune, June 21, 1966, 4. 

“Story Hour Continues in Bookseller’s Trial,” Los Angeles Times, June 1966, 116. 

Wilkins, Roy, “New Militants Have Altered Meredith’s Idea,” The Los Angeles Times, June 20, 1966, 31.