May 17, 1954: Supreme Court makes landmark decision in Brown vs. Board of Education

The court ruled that separate but equal facilities were unconstitutional, laying the groundwork for desegregation.

July 11, 1954: Robert Patterson forms first Citizen’s Council with 14 members

Citizen's Council Sign
Citizen's Council Sign

Patterson was a cotton and cattle farmer from Sunflower County. Citizens Councils were organized in communities around the state to resist integration.

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