This is a true
story about the citizens of Mississippi weathering
the storm in the 1960s when hundreds of civil rights
activists from the North invaded the state. It was
during a time when black ghettoes in the civil
rights workers' own backyards in Northern cities
were about to explode in death and destruction. In
one year, 67 race riots broke out in Northern
cities. In Detroit alone, 43 people were killed and
millions of dollars in property was destroyed.
And the nation may have noticed, but the media never
reported, that none of these destructive race riots
occurred in the South.
The story is about the civil rights movement in the
1960s, but it also describes an era of honky tonk
fighters in Meridian, never equaled before or since.
The East End Tea Room was not a Klan hangout but a
colorful beer joint that depicts the honky tonk
scene during that bygone period of Meridian's
history. This book is also an insider's account of
the civil rights murders in the fictional movie
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