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T.R.M. Howard Led Way for M.L.K., Others

Nobody would be less surprised than Dr. T.R.M. Howard by the news that Carolyn Bryant, the white woman at the center of the racially charged Emmett Till murder case, lied that the victim had sexually harassed her.

Till was a 14-year-old African-American who in 1955 was lynched, mutilated and dumped in the Tallahatchie River by Bryant’s husband, Roy Bryant, and his half-brother, J.W. Milam, after Till allegedly whistled at Carolyn Byrant.

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Linda Royster Beito is associate professor in and chair of the Department of Social Sciences at Stillman College.

David T. Beito is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, Professor of History at the University of Alabama, and co-editor of the book, The Voluntary City: Choice, Community and Civil Society.

From David T. Beito
THE VOLUNTARY CITY: Choice, Community, and Civil Society
The Voluntary City assembles a rich history and analysis of private, locally based provision of social services, urban infrastructure, and community governance. Such systems have offered superior education, transportation, housing, crime control, recreation, health care, and employment by being more effective, innovative, and responsive than those provided through special interest politics and bureaucracy.