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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 Congressional Challenge and Marching for Freedom, January–July 1965

The Congressional Challenge and Marching for Freedom, January–July 1965

(p.80) (p.81) 5 The Congressional Challenge and Marching for Freedom, January–July 1965
Thunder of Freedom

Sue [Lorenzi] Sojourner

Cheryl Reitan

University Press of Kentucky

Holmes County leaders participated in the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP) Congressional Challenge in Washington, D.C. MFDP lawyers arrived in Holmes County to take depositions for the U.S. House Committee on Election Procedures. Sue, Henry, and three local leaders were threatened with rifles in Vaiden, Mississippi for traveling in their racially mixed car. In early June, more than 500 Holmes County residents marched around the Courthouse in Lexington in peaceful protest for civil rights. In mid-June hundreds marched in Jackson and were arrested. Whites and prominent blacks landed in jail, the rest were held in the stock pens at the state fairgrounds. A visit to the home of local leader Alma Mitchell Carnegie is described.

Keywords:   Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, Congressional Challenge, U.S. House Committee on Election Procedures, threatened with rifles, protest march, jailed, stock pens

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