Posted on 02/12/2011

Photo taken on January  1, 1955

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She Brought A Supremacist To Court and Won

She Brought A Supremacist To Court and Won
In 1955, Mrs. Lizzie Sheppard, brought a white supremacist to court. Charging that a white preacher struck her with a rake when she refused to get off the sidewalk in front of his home, 5 1/2 months pregnant Mrs. Lizzie Sheppard listens as Rev. Elbert D. Riddick pleads his case in a Portland, Oregon courtroom. For his crime he was fined $50.00. Jet Magazine Article