Willie Causey, Mobile, Alabama, 1956.
From LIFE: "Willie Causey, who is a farmer as well as woodcutter, plows his field behind a Norman mule."
Causey did well as a businessman, owning his own equipment, and successfully competing with white men in the same line of work. LIFE's article described it as a "restrained competition" though, because surpassing his white competitors in business posed risks.
There were major repercussions for the Causey family after the LIFE story was published. Many white people in the area were particularly upset by Mrs. Causey's comments about integration being the only way to have justice. Willie Causey's truck was confiscated and Allie Lee Causey was suspended from teaching until she would disavow the article and her quotes.
Seventeen days after the story appeared, the Causeys were forced to leave Silas for Mobile, and eventually the state. Despite everything, Allie Causey still said, "I told the truth in the magazine. Justice and integration, that's what I want." The magazine helped the Causeys resettle elsewhere in the South.