Race
11:02 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Local Activist Recalls the Jim Crow Era in Ft. Myers

Credit WGCU
Willie Green talks about life in Ft. Myers as black man during the Jim Crow era.

Wednesday marked the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.  Ft. Myers resident Willie Green was there.   The former head of the NAACP in Lee County, Green was born in rural Georgia in 1934 where his father was a sharecropper.   He finished high-school in Miami and moved to Ft. Myers a short time later - in the early 1950’s.  It was an era when Jim Crow laws and racial prejudice helped define the community. 

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