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Anne Moody’s Former College Professor Recalls This ‘Gifted Mississippi Activist and Writer’

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* * * (Editor’s note: Sociologist John R. Salter, Jr. is a well-known civil rights and labor activist. I am proud to publish this following piece he has written on Anne Moody, his former student at Tougaloo College in Jackson, Mississippi. On a personal note, I never met her, but Moody’s book, Coming of Age in […]

Hunter Bear — Maintaining ‘Normally High’ Optimism: Notes From a Street-Smart Activist

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(Editor’s note: Hunter Gray (Hunter Bear, John R. Salter, Jr.) is a well-known and successful civil rights and labor advocate. He is a retired professor who enjoys sharing his stories with those who strive for equality. He recently sent out this note, and has given his permission to share it with others. Be sure to […]

From the Land of Emmett Till: Guest Blog HUNTER GRAY [HUNTER BEAR/JOHN R SALTER JR]

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Hunter Bear  (April 6 2014) Dr. John Salter, sociologist and civil rights activist and author For the past several months, we’ve been getting a fair amount of attention with respect to my several years of very successful grassroots organizing in the Northeastern North Carolina Black-Belt back in the ’60s.  We accomplished a great  many tangible things in […]

An Election Story to Remember; Told by Civil Rights Activist, Author Hunter Bear

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GUEST BLOG: Note by Hunter Bear   (March 17 2014) Prof John Salter (Hunter Bear) harassed at a Jackson, Miss. lunch counteer And with a big, all-around clear plastic  ballot box as well. When we lived in Chicago, [where a hundred tribes or so are represented], I was active as a Native person and volunteer in […]

From the Land of Emmett Till: Fifty Years Remembering Medgar Evers

Medgar Evers, Mississippi’s first NAACP state coordinator (Note from Susan: Hunter Bear – John Salter, aka Hunter Grey – is a sociologist and a civil rights activist. He helped lead the Jackson Movement, an import time in Mississippi, when people were letting the establishment know they were sick and tired of segregation and the horrible […]

Dr. John Salter is Alive and Well in Idaho! (So Kiss Off, Mississippi!)

Dr. John Salter, Jr., Tougaloo College sociologist and civil rights leader, is harassed at a lunch counter in Jackson, Mississippi during an organized sit-in. SINCE STARTING WORK on my new historical fiction novel on the Mississippi Delta and the modern civil rights movement (The Plan” A Novel), I have been sorting through old notes and papers I […]

A Mississippi Modern Civil Rights Movement Leader Tells His Story

(Sociologist, civil rights leader, historian and author Hunter Gray, tells a good story of how he landed in Jackson, Mississippi just as the modern civil rights movement was heating up. It’s a good story! Hunter — aka Hunter Bear, Dr. John Salter — was hired in the early 1060s as a sociology professor by small, private and […]

The Shocking Truth About Guns and Civil Rights

[Note: As a researcher and writer of Mississippi modern civil rights, I still hear people, including news commentators and some historians, assert that this movement was nonviolent, and that guns were not part of it, except for Klansmen and other white racists. In fact, because of the KKK and Citizens Councils (with members such as […]

Radical Tales, From New Mexico to Mississippi, Hunter Gray, Dr. John Salter, Jr., Hunter Bear (all in the same) reminisces about ‘two special people’ involved in the modern civil rights movement

What a reunion! What a time! And the hot wind blew very hot and thirty to forty miles an hour. (Hunter Gray) RETIRED PROFESSOR HUNTER GRAY (aka John Salter, Hunter Bear) has been involved in social justice organizing for virtually all of his life. It is in his heritage! I first “met” this remarkable sociologist while doing […]

Hunter Bear (civil rights hero) remembers throwing down the gauntlet to Mississippi power structure nearly 50 years ago

This wonderful, historical letter just in from Hunter Bear — Hunter Bear (Dr. John Salter), author of the Jackson Movement Gauntlet Letter)  Throwing down the gauntlet to the Mississippi power structure:  May 12, 1963.  I made the motion before a special meeting of the Mississippi  State Board of NAACP Branches  — of which I was […]