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[Source Description: 26 July 1964: Letter from Lou Calhoun to Floyd McKissick - From Floyd McKissick Papers (#4930), Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.]


Document Description

Writing to McKissick from the Orange County jail in Hillsborough, Calhoun discussed the prospects of life after parole. Calhoun was a senior at Carolina when he was sentenced to six months for his role in the demonstrations.


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NORTH CAROLINA PRISON DEPARTMENT

Attorney Floyd B. McKissick 084 [Unit Number]
Rt. 4 Box 138
July 26, 1964

Dear Mac,

Received a postcard from John Ehle Sat. saying I had a job with the Christian Assoc. of the U. of Penn. in Philly starting whenever I wish and lasting as long as I wish at $350 a month.

I would like to accept this if I can get paroled. I worked for them last summer, intended to this summer and I know the work I will be doing will be much in line with my probable life vocation. This job would also allow me to pay off my $450 in debts and save some in order to get back in school. I have, also, 2 Incompletes in courses at UNC and must remove them before I am eligible, quality pointwise, to return to UNC, or, likely, any other college. I can't get them off in here, and being ineligible, gradewise and financially, to return to school, this is perhaps the only way for me to gain parole. If not, I still doubt if I could find another job with as good pay and as interesting work.

I don't know if you've filed for a Writ of Supercedence on me yet, but perhaps it would be better for me to get paroled instead. This decision I leave to you but feel, with my limited understanding of the situation, that parole would be better if obtainable anytime soon. Bob Spearman visited [Quinton] today and said John and I would be paroled Tues. We are hopeful but, at least I, not yet counting on this.

Also, Quinton's parole, he said, had been rejected because Quinton refused to cooperate with the prison system. Yet I did exactly the same as Quinton, in fact, by pure circumstance, I refused to cooperate first. Also, John fasted after being sent to Segregation. This is, too me, non-cooperation. Bob came up just to find out what Quinton had done. He got here at 3:55 and had little time to talk. He was, I think, not aware of what any of the 3 of us had done, or not done.

I hope this can be straightened out and hope to learn from you about Quinton's situation whether I get out Tues. or not.

Know you are all terribly busy. My regards and appreciation to all.

Peace and Freedom,

[signed] Louis S. Calhoun Jr.