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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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Black and White Issues with SNCC Workers, Summer 1967

Black and White Issues with SNCC Workers, Summer 1967

(p.238) (p.239) 14 Black and White Issues with SNCC Workers, Summer 1967
Thunder of Freedom

Sue [Lorenzi] Sojourner

Cheryl Reitan

University Press of Kentucky

Henry Lorenzi began a part-time coordinator position Holmes County Health Research Program through his appointment by Prof. Demitri Shimkin as a University of Illinois research associate. Edgar Love, born on a Holmes delta plantation, worked long hours on the election campaign, developing as a strong, devoted, and creative organizer. When in 1966 SNCC expelled all its white southern workers including those in Mississippi and increasingly used the term Black Power, the relationship of the Holmes County Movement with its northern financial supporters weakened. Two law students arrived in summer 1967 and ten black students were recruited by SNCC to work in Holmes. Slight tension was felt when the young people disapproved of the black leadership asking for advice from Henry. The Holmes leadership successfully avoided a black white confrontation and at the end of the summer, the students left. Edgar Love describes a shootout between him and white racists in Tchula. Alexander Shimkin reflects on the Black Power movement and the Summer of 1967.

Keywords:   Holmes County Health Research Program, Demitri Shimkin, University of Illinois research, Edgar Love, SNCC summer workers, Tchula shoot-out, Alexander (Alec) Shimkin

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