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Thunder of FreedomBlack Leadership and the Transformation of 1960s Mississippi$
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Sue [Lorenzi] Sojourner and Cheryl Reitan

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813140933

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813140933.001.0001

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The November 1966 Elections and Coalition Building, Fall 1966 –January 1967

The November 1966 Elections and Coalition Building, Fall 1966 –January 1967

(p.194) (p.195) 11 The November 1966 Elections and Coalition Building, Fall 1966 –January 1967
Thunder of Freedom

Sue [Lorenzi] Sojourner

Cheryl Reitan

University Press of Kentucky

Election planning began in even greater earnest. A block captain and precinct leader system was devised and established with the Lorenzis and FDP leaders guiding leadership training. They used a new handbook they wrote to explain the political machine concept. Walter Bruce emerged as a key organizer of the block captain and precinct leader system. The Freedom Democratic Party and the NAACP in Holmes came together for election planning. The grassroots community leaders invited the black professionals to “coalition” meetings to build election strength. Unlike other areas of the South, Holmes County formed a strong alliance among blacks from all walks of life. Five people who worked with Henry Lorenzi in the 1960s describe him.

Keywords:   Walter Bruce, block captain, precinct leader, leadership training, Holmes County Freedom Democratic Party, NAACP in Holmes County, Black professionals, Coalition meetings

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