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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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School Desegregation, Head Start, and the Medical Committee, Spring 1965 to Early 1966

School Desegregation, Head Start, and the Medical Committee, Spring 1965 to Early 1966

(p.103) 6 School Desegregation, Head Start, and the Medical Committee, Spring 1965 to Early 1966
Thunder of Freedom

Sue [Lorenzi] Sojourner

Cheryl Reitan

University Press of Kentucky

Holmes County residents put pressure on the school district through petitions and meetings to follow federal law and desegregate schools. Children were physically attacked by students and teachers. Bus drivers did nothing to stop the verbal abuse and physical violence. Local organizers filed affidavits with Movement lawyers Marian Wright and Henry Aronson. The local whites set up their own private schools, often stealing furniture, supplies, and equipment from the public schools. More black students in Holmes County enrolled in white schools than any other Mississippi county. The Child Development Group of Mississippi drew down federal money to open Head Start programs in Holmes County. Josephine Disparti, the nurse who ran the medical clinic and programs at the HCCC left after disagreements with the Medical Committee for Human Rights. A description is given of children playing in the road, trying to outrun the pesticide truck.

Keywords:   School Desegregation, Head Start, Medical Committee for Human Rights, Child Development Group of Mississippi, Josephine Disparti, Marian Wright, Henry Aronson

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