Tom Hayden

Date: March 24, 2011
Interviewers: McComb High School students Dominique R. Mearisha W, Ladarius C, Urban School students, Hannah G Albie B, and Jacob R; with Deborah Dent-Samake, Vickie Malone and Howard Levin
Location: Jackson State University, Jackson, MS

The American writer and political activist Thomas Emmet Hayden (born 1939) was one of the few radical leaders of the 1960s to outlast the movement. He was admired for remaining alive politically without sacrifice of his principles. In 1961, Progressive magazine sent him to McComb, MS, where he was to cover the student walkout at all-black Burglund High School. During to the walkout, he was pulled from an automobile, and was beaten badly. He was warned to get out of town so that he would not be killed.

This interview represents a historic collaboration between Urban School of San Francisco and McComb High School. Seven Urban School students and their teacher traveled to Mississippi to collaborate on this and other otherviews alongside McComb High School students.

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