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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 Greenville Air Base Demonstration and the Community Action Program, January–December 1966

The Greenville Air Base Demonstration and the Community Action Program, January–December 1966

Chapter:
(p.141) 8 The Greenville Air Base Demonstration and the Community Action Program, January–December 1966
Source:
Thunder of Freedom
Author(s):

Sue [Lorenzi] Sojourner

Cheryl Reitan

Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813140933.003.0008

Several from Holmes County joined the group attending the Poor Peoples Conference in Greenville, a hundred miles northwest of Holmes. Mississippi had refused to draw money from the federal Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) to distribute aid to the needy. Many, including Movement leader Mrs. Alma Mitchell Carnegie, marched onto the closed, empty Greenville Air Base to protest. Later, activists attended meetings on OEO, outnumbering white bureaucrats, and became a force in shaping its Community Action Programs. Rosie Head's birthday party is described and Joseph McChristian is interviewed.

Keywords:   Poor Peoples Conference, Office of Economic Opportunity, Greenville Air Base, Rosie Head

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