The Mississippi State Legislature met in the ornate Capitol building in Jackson, Mississippi. I called some friends, I don't recall if it was my old fraternity brother, Doug Abraham or not, to get me onto the floor of the chamber while it was in session. I recall that Robert Clark from Lexington, Mississippi had been elected as the first black legislator a year or so in the past. But, otherwise, it was old depressive white men who smoked, farted and grumbled.

I was spotted by another old fraternity brother, Allen Lackey, who had become a lobbyist for the oil industry. He had clued in the Sgt At Arms about my civil-rights history. They soon hauled me off the floor of the chamber and deposited me outside.

Mississippi State House of Representatives, Jackson, Mississippi © D. Gorton 1969