"When my gal Lillian Jean says for you to get yo'self off the sidewalk, you get, you hear?
"I'll back the credit"
When Cassie, T.J., Stacy and Big Ma went to Strawberry they ran into the Simms'. Cassie accidentally bumped into Lillian Jean Simms and didn't apologize. Mr. Simms then pushed Cassie off of the sidewalk when she didn't do what Lillian Jean demanded of her. This is important because it shows how Mr. Simms racially and physically hurt Cassie.
Cassie's uncle came to visit Mississippi for a few weeks. Uncle Hammer is a very protective and independent person, so when he gets himself into racial conflict he has to stand up for himself since he is black. In this scene Uncle Hammer was driving on a one way bridge when he drove past the Wallaces, a white family. This is important because black people are supposed to let the white people go across the bridge first.
The Granger's, a white family want to take the land from the Logan's which causes tension between the two families. Mr. Jamison, a very good friend of Papa's was always willing to help. When he heard about the shopping in Vicksburg, he said he would back up all the other families credit. This helped the Logan's very much because it continued their plan to boycott and close The Wallace Store.