Editor's Note: With this online package and several pieces you may have noticed in recent issues of our magazine, ESSENCE is marking the 50th anniversary of 1963, a watershed year in the civil rights movement. As we reflect on that era and its lessons, ESSENCE.com is partnering with StoryCorps, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to record and preserve the personal histories of diverse Americans — including those Black Americans who were witness to the times and to our struggle for equality. Over the next few weeks, we'll be sharing snippets of these touching, inspiring, sometimes infuriating stories from StoryCorps' archives.
North Carolina's "Kissing Case" made headlines in 1958, but in the intervening years many have forgotten it. Not James Hanover Thompson.
James Hanover Thompson on StoryCorps:
Brenda Lee Graham on StoryCorps: