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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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Selecting the FDP Candidates from Holmes, January–June 1967

Selecting the FDP Candidates from Holmes, January–June 1967

Chapter:
(p.224) (p.225) 13 Selecting the FDP Candidates from Holmes, January–June 1967
Source:
Thunder of Freedom
Author(s):

Sue [Lorenzi] Sojourner

Cheryl Reitan

Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813140933.003.0013

Sue and Henry pushed for the black leadership to take over election strategy. A policy was established for candidates to declare their willingness to run rather than waiting to be recruited. Weeks of indecision ended when a school teacher, Robert R. “Bob” Smith, with no prior Holmes Movement experience, announced his intention to run for sheriff. Other candidates stepped forward. Finally, one week before the deadline to file, Robert G. Clark declared his bid to run for state representative, bringing the number of offices blacks were running for to 12 out of 22. Sue Lorenzi and Alec Shimkin wrote and drew comic-book style political education materials. The leaders planning election strategy debated whether to run as Democrats or Independents, finally deciding to run as Independents. Robert G. Clark describes his family history.

Keywords:   Black leadership, Elections strategy, Robert G. Clark, 1967 elections, state representative, Robert R. “Bob” Smith

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