Local Civil Rights Leaders Interviewed For National Project - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

11/13/02

Local Civil Rights Leaders Interviewed For National Project

A nationally recognized group called "The HistoryMakers" spent the last three days on the coast. They interviewed Dr. Gilbert Mason, Bishop Joseph Howze, Sidney Rushing, Rev. Harry Tartt, Lanier Phillips and Katie Booth. All six people broke racial barriers to improve the lives of their families and their communities.

On Wednesday, the documentary's focus was on Mrs. Booth.

A white light shined on her black skin as she talked about the spices used in southern cuisine. A camera crew recorded every word she said. The 95 year old Gulfport chemist relived her days in Mississippi and Illinois. She talked about battling racism. And she remembered her fight to cure the sick. "I was working to try and make a living," she said.

Katie Booth survived and flourished during an era when African Americans struggled for an identity. Her fight for civil rights earned her numerous awards. That's why a group called The HistoryMakers recorded her memories, so generations to come could hear her resolve.

Larry Crowe interviewed Mrs. Booth. He's done 90 interviews for this project. "There is nothing like history from the first person," he said. "People telling their own stories."

During the height of the civil rights movement, many white men had very little interest in the story of a black woman. Yet four decades later, there was Scott Stearns, sitting behind the camera while Mrs. Booth stole the spotlight. "To me, it's part of everyone's history," the videographer said. "It isn't just African American history."

During a break from the two hour talk, Mrs. Booth talked about the significance of the interview. "I think it's important to just have it there for true history," she said. "I want them to remember that I remembered everything that was bad, and also everything that was good. But I want them to remember that I, as a person, have always tried to make something good, regardless."

The HistoryMakers documentary will include 5,000 well known and unsung African Americans -- people like the Rev. Jesse Jackson, and former New York Mayor David Dinkins.

by Brad Kessie

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Breaking

    Comedian, actor Jerry Lewis dies at 91

    Comedian, actor Jerry Lewis dies at 91

    Sunday, August 20 2017 2:28 PM EDT2017-08-20 18:28:40 GMT

    The aging star worked for more than six decades raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), most notably through hosting the annual Muscular Dystrophy Association Labor Day Telethon, an event as well-known as any of his movies.

    More >>

    The aging star worked for more than six decades raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), most notably through hosting the annual Muscular Dystrophy Association Labor Day Telethon, an event as well-known as any of his movies.

    More >>
  • Palmer Creek neighbors told to boil water due to chlorine leak

    Palmer Creek neighbors told to boil water due to chlorine leak

    Sunday, August 20 2017 11:29 AM EDT2017-08-20 15:29:15 GMT
    Cleanup crews return to East Wortham Road to make sure chlorine is no longer leaking from a damaged utility box (Photo Source: WLOX News Now)Cleanup crews return to East Wortham Road to make sure chlorine is no longer leaking from a damaged utility box (Photo Source: WLOX News Now)

    The people who live near Palmer Creek and East Wortham Road in Harrison County are being told to boil water before using it. The warning comes after a deadly Saturday night crash that led to a chlorine cloud covering the area. Hazmat crews returned to Palmer Creek Sunday morning to make sure the utility system damaged in that crash is no longer leaking chlorine. Harrison County's sheriff says a stolen car crashed into the a utility box on E. Wortham Road right before 10:00 p.m.

    More >>

    The people who live near Palmer Creek and East Wortham Road in Harrison County are being told to boil water before using it. The warning comes after a deadly Saturday night crash that led to a chlorine cloud covering the area. Hazmat crews returned to Palmer Creek Sunday morning to make sure the utility system damaged in that crash is no longer leaking chlorine. Harrison County's sheriff says a stolen car crashed into the a utility box on E. Wortham Road right before 10:00 p.m.

    More >>
  • Friends will celebrate Tyler Cooke's life

    Friends will celebrate Tyler Cooke's life

    Sunday, August 20 2017 10:32 AM EDT2017-08-20 14:32:55 GMT
    This is the memorial created next to Highway 90 in Biloxi to remember 16-year-old Tyler Cooke (Photo Source: WLOX News Now)This is the memorial created next to Highway 90 in Biloxi to remember 16-year-old Tyler Cooke (Photo Source: WLOX News Now)

    He made people smile. He made them laugh. That’s what friends and family members of Tyler Cooke will remember Sunday at a celebration of life service. Sunday’s celebration of life service begins at 1:00. It culminates with a balloon release outside Riemann Family Funeral Home on Beauvoir Road in Biloxi. Funeral services are Monday.

    More >>

    He made people smile. He made them laugh. That’s what friends and family members of Tyler Cooke will remember Sunday at a celebration of life service. Sunday’s celebration of life service begins at 1:00. It culminates with a balloon release outside Riemann Family Funeral Home on Beauvoir Road in Biloxi. Funeral services are Monday.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly