October 4, 1961: High school students jailed in McComb

Ike Lewis and Brenda Travis were refused admittance to school after their August arrest at the McComb Greyhound station. More than 100 McComb high school students to walked out in protest and marched on city hall. Surrounded by an angry mob, the students knelt to pray on the City Hall steps. Police arrested 116 African American students for breach of peace. 97 students (under the age of eighteen) were released.  The 19 “adults,” including SNCC workers, were arrested for breach of peace and contributing to the delinquency of minors.

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