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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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Mileston, September–October 1964

Mileston, September–October 1964

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Thunder of Freedom

Sue [Lorenzi] Sojourner

Cheryl Reitan

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter describes the construction of the Holmes County Community Center at Mileston (HCCC), the role of Mary Brumder and Californians Abe Osheroff and Jim Boebel and the efforts of COFO workers to organize the local people. Henry Lorenzi was arrested as he drove teens from the HCCC in the delta to their homes in the hills. In Jackson, the Lorenzis met activist Ed Brown, attended a COFO orientation session and made the decision to stay in Holmes County. At the grand opening of the Holmes County Community Center, Stokely Carmichael was arrested and Victoria Gray gave a speech. Interviews with the farmers and leaders Shadrach “Crook” Davis and Norman Clark are presented.

Keywords:   Holmes County Community Center at Mileston, Arrest, Ed Brown, COFO orientation, Stokely Carmichael

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