Two Southern defenders of the Negro's civil rights will speak in New Lecture Hall this week as a part of National Negro History Week program. Carl Braden will speak Wednesday at 8 p.m., and Dr. T. R. M. Howard will speak Thursday.
Braden, a Kentucky newsman, presently out of prison on bail, will look at the segregation problem through a specific incident. It 1954, Braden bought a house in a white residential section, which he promptly resold to a Negro war veteran, Andrew Wade. The Wades were terrorized in subsequent months by the Ku Klux Klan. The violence culminated in June, 1954, when their house was destroyed by a dynamite explosion.
In a Grand Jury investigation following the explosion, Braden was convicted of bombing his house for his own political ends and was sentenced, under a rarely-used sedition law, to 15 years in jail and a $5000 fine. He will speak on the significance of this case in civil rights.
Dr. Howard will speak the following night on the general problem of civil rights and segregation. Howard, president of the Mississsippi Council of Negro Leadership, will deal largely with pressure on individuals who attempted to get the Negro to exert his right to vote.
Dr. Howard will use this example of the Southern problem as he deals with the question of "Civil Rights in Mississippi."