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Cosetta “Cosettie” Jackson was the Deacon’s treasurer in Jonesboro. He worked as a taxi driver and was arrested in March 1965 amid a boycott at Jackson High School.
Photo courtesy Kimberly Thompson-Reese

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Deacons Olen Satcher (left) and F.D. Kirkpatrick (middle) stand with associate Willie Stringer (right). Kirkpatrick and Satcher were coaches at Jackson High School in Jonesboro.
Photo courtesy Joyce Amos Smith and Mary Jackson

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The Deacons were recognized as a nonprofit corporation, according to papers filed March 9, 1965, with the Louisiana Secretary of State. The charter noted the Deacons’ purpose was to “instruct, teach and educate Citizens of the United States and especially minority groups in the fundamental principles of the republican form of government and our democratic way of life.”

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CORE volunteers, workers and local activists gather to rebuild Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Jonesboro, one of the two black churches destroyed by arsonists in January 1965. The Deacons protected college student volunteers who aided the rebuild project. Shown are, front row, left to right, Alvin Culpepper, unidentified volunteer, Charlie Fenton (CORE), Rev. E. H. Houston (church pastor), Duffy (dog). Second row, fifth from left, Cathy Patterson (CORE). Top row, fourth from left, Ronnie Moore (CORE). In the doorway, left to right, Mike Lesser (CORE) and Jonesboro residents Eddie Scott, Lee Gilbert, and Freeman Knox.
Photo courtesy of the Ronnie Moore Papers, Amistad Research Center, New Orleans, LA

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Jonesboro Klansmen placed a coffin outside of the Freedom House to intimidate CORE workers. Written on the sign: “Martin Luther King member of or accepts support from- over 60 communist fronts (Karl Prussian FBI Counterspy).”
Photo courtesy of the Ronnie Moore Papers, Amistad Research Center, New Orleans

A half-century ago in Jonesboro, armed black men fought back

NOTE: This is the first of a series of four stories.

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: A protestor stands with a sign that reads "Enough is Enough!" surrounded by the names of victims of police brutality casualties.
Katherine Manuel/LSU Reveille

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Protestors on University Ave. in Lafayette held signs and chanted as cars drove by.
Katherine Manuel/LSU Reveille

“No justice, no peace”: Protestors in Lafayette Spoke Out Against Police Brutality Racism Sunday

By Katherine Manuel
LSU Manship School News Service

LAFAYETTE--“I can’t breathe.” “Black lives matter.” “No justice, no peace.” “Hands up, don’t shoot.”

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Photo credit: Elizabeth Garner/LSU Manship School News Service

Photo caption: The House on Friday passed a bill by Sen. Kirk Talbot, R-River Ridge, aimed at lowering auto insurance rates by limiting damage awards for injured people.

House passes tort reform bill

(Editor's note: Avoyelles Rep. Daryl Dehsotel, himself a businessman, supported this bill.)



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