Ruth Willis Perry sat rigidly in the witness box, clutching her purse and facing the television cameras. Her strained expression reflected not only the tension of a possible jail sentence but also the escalating effects of three years of threats against her life, her reputation, and her career. A few feet away, her would-be assassins smirked and jostled one another. It was February 25, 1957, and Miami's White Citizens' Council had occupied the front rows of the courtroom since early morning. They were ready for a showdown, but so were Ruth Perry and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).1
Poucher, Judith G.
"Raising Her Voice: Ruth Perry, Activist and Journalist for the Miami NAACP,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 84:
4, Article 4.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol84/iss4/4