Bell, Mary Kate

Biography:

Mrs. Mary Kate (Fishe) Bell was the first African American candidate for office in Sumter County when she ran for justice of the peace in a special election held July 1965, eventually coming in second place. She and three other women, Gloria Wise, Mamie Campbell, and Lena Turner, we arrested on July 20, 1965 during the election for standing in the "white only" line, sparking mass demonstrations in Americus, Sumter County. The four women were released by court-order August 1, 1965. She was also active in the Atlanta demonstrations during her time as a student at Spelman.

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Fishe, Mary Kate

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