Clyde Kennard (June 12, 1927–July 4, 1963) bravely and righteously tried to pursue higher education in Mississippi. He faced the fatal wrath of the state as a result of his efforts to challenge white supremacy.
#tdih March 30 is Clyde Kennard Day. Korean War veteran Clyde Kennard put his life on the line in the 1950s when he attempted to become the first African American to attend Mississippi Southern College. Kennard wrote eloquent letters about the need for desegregation and his right to attend college. Instead of being admitted, the state of Mississippi framed him on criminal charges for a petty crime and sentenced him to seven years of hard labor at Parchman Penitentiary. His righteous challenge to white supremacy proved fatal.
Read his bio, the letters he wrote and court documents at the link below.