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Friday, August 12, 2022

Mae Bertha and Matthew Carter enrolled their children in schools in Sunflower County, Mississippi that had been illegally denied to African Americans. In retaliation, they were evicted from the land they share cropped and their home was riddled with bullets.

  • A Zinn Education Project article and video (Mae Bertha Carter Family Story: Standing on My Sister’s Shoulders) show how on Aug. 12, 1965, Mae Bertha and Matthew Carter were the first Black parents to enroll their children in the “all-white” schools of Sunflower County, Mississippi. They faced great risks to exercise their legal right.