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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 Success of the 1967 Holmes County Elections, September–November 1967

The Success of the 1967 Holmes County Elections, September–November 1967

(p.258) (p.259) 15 The Success of the 1967 Holmes County Elections, September–November 1967
Thunder of Freedom

Sue [Lorenzi] Sojourner

Cheryl Reitan

University Press of Kentucky

The Holmes black slate numbered 12, more candidates than any other Mississippi county. The Movement members kept black voters away from the Democratic primary by holding voters’ workshops. The candidates broadcasted radio messages. Poll watchers were organized so the candidates wouldn’t be cheated out of their ballots. In other counties political maneuvering kept blacks from being listed on the ballots. The Holmes Movement celebrated because in Mississippi more than 200,000 blacks were registered to vote and more than 100 blacks contested offices. In Holmes County, Griffin McLaurin, Jr. won the seat of Beat 4 constable and Robert G. Clark became the first black in the 20th Century to win a seat as state representative. Mary Hightower relates the story of black friends and family at Robert G. Clark's installation as state representative. Robert G. Clark speaks to Sue about his first days in office.

Keywords:   1967 elections, Griffin McLaurin, Jr., Robert G. Clark, First black state representative in the 20th Century

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