Geraldine Hollis, one of Tougaloo Nine, recounts early years

Reporter Lori Gilbert and I had the opportunity to speak with 70-year-old Geraldine Hollis last Thursday. She is one of the Tougaloo Nine, a group of students who staged a sit-in at a whites-only library in Jackson, Miss., in 1961.

Hollis has a very vivid memory and weaves wonderful tales of life in the Mississippi Delta and the birth of the civil rights movement.

A video in which Hollis describes the sit-in can be found here.

But here’s a bit extra in which Hollis describes her early life in Mississippi and the cultural environment that led to the sit-in:

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