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Celebrating Black History: Savannah's Civil Rights Movement

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Jamal Toure':

Savannah Civil RightsMovement

Savannah was viewed as asuccess of the civil rights movement in the 1960s. This was partially due tothe continual mass protest that occurred . Civil Rights leaders organized aboycott of downtown businesses from March 1960 through October 1961. African Americanswere registered to vote in droves. Many were taken there on the Ballot Bus.Some of the unsung leaders of this effort were "Big Les" Hankerson and Henry"Trash" Brownlee. Savannah would become the first city in the state to winmajor concessions regarding equality.

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