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S. post office and filled the office of state superintendent of public education for one term. At the behest of Governor Augustus H . 25 The existence of that institution helped secure an important role for Pine Bluff as a center of black education, culture, and business in the state of Arkansas. Thus Ivory Perry grew up in a region characterized by a rich history of Afro-American struggle and accomplishment. Born in a rural area known for militant activism by sharecroppers, he moved to a city with rich traditions of self-help and political mobilization.
But here's a nigra that's got money, got enough money to go away to college, and in another state! So fining this nigger wouldn't be no punishment for him. 52 The jury returned a guilty verdict and the judge sentenced Leo Branton to a term on the county farm. The Branton family vowed that they would never let Leo serve a day in jail, and they had their lawyer file another appeal. As he went back to Copyrighted Material 34 PINE BLUFF school while awaiting the outcome of his appeal, Leo Branton decided that he would never return to Pine Bluff if it meant going to prison.
45 At the same time that life in Pine Bluff increased Ivory Perry's exposure to white racism, it also enabled him to learn about methods of resistance and contestation. In Pine Bluff, the Perrys came into contact with civil rights activism, although more as spectators than as participants. An active NAACP chapter dominated by small-business owners and civil service professionals made its presence felt in the city, but within the limits mandated by the realities of southern racism. When the local chapter participated in the national NAACP campaign for federal Copyrighted Material PINE BLUFF 31 legislation against lynching in 1937, they had to return 150 campaign buttons to the national office because they could not be displayed safely in Pine Bluff.