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A Game of Non-Violence in Greensboro, N.C.
Robert W. Watson
Robert W. Watson (1925-2012) was on the English Department faculty at UNCG from 1953 until his retirement in 1987. He received many literary honors and was the main architect of UNCG's Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program.
This is a fifteen page essay by Robert Watson regarding freedom marches led by activist Jesse Jackson, in Greensboro, North Carolina, in the spring of 1963. Watson discusses the relationship between Jesse Jackson and Greensboro detective Captain William H. Jackson. He recalls the marches in downtown Greensboro, which culminated in mass arrests. He writes of Jesse Jackson's leadership in the protests, and Captain Jackson and the police force's work to keep the events peaceful. Topics include William Thomas and CORE; meetings at AME churches; Jesse Jackson's arrest; Greensboro's resistance to desegregation; the sit-down in Jefferson Square; and white response.
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Robert W. Watson Papers
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