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Report on the poor people's conference; 1966

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Creator:Cobb, Charlie
Title:Report on the poor people's conference; 1966

From the Miller (Michael J.) Civil Rights Collection; The report gives details about the economic shut out of poor African Americans that occurred during the 1960s due to greater plantation mechanization. The report includes transcribed meetings and press conferences with poor Mississippians who want to attract the attention of the federal government with political organizing and civil disobedience. The report preserves the text from a telegram the group sent to President Johnson and the White House's reply. The accounts of impoverished citizens criticize Mississippi welfare programs and describe an act of civil disobedience in which a group of African Americans occupied empty barracks on a Greenville military base and were thrown out by troops. The document also includes excerpts from voter education and political education handbooks created to increase citizen awareness of avenues for political action.

Subjects:Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973 | Guyot, Lawrence, 1939- | African American political activists | Civil disobedience | Politics, Practical | Poverty | Voting | Farm mechanization | African American farmers--Mississippi | Sharecroppers--Mississippi | Poor African Americans--Mississippi | Unemployment--Mississippi | Public welfare--Mississippi | Racism in public welfare--Mississippi | Telegraph--Mississippi | Civil rights workers--Mississippi | Civil rights demonstrations--Mississippi--Greenville | Eviction--Mississippi--Greenville | Voter registration--Alabama | Civics | United States, Mississippi, Washington County, Greenville, 33.4101161, -91.0617735 | United States, Mississippi, Washington County, 33.300147, -90.943847 | United States, Alabama, Lowndes County, 32.15475, -86.6501077
Collection:Civil Rights in Mississippi Digital Archive
Institution:University of Southern Mississippi Libraries
Contributors:University of Southern Mississippi. Libraries
Original Material:

Box 3, Folder 14, M336 Zwerling (Matthew) Freedom Summer Collection, McCain Library and Archives, University of Southern Mississippi

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Forms part of the Civil Rights in Mississippi Digital Archive.

Forms part of USM - Historical Manuscripts.

Forms part of University of Southern Mississippi Digital Collections.

Forms part of the Mississippi Digital Library.

Forms part of the Michael J. Miller Civil Rights Collection in the Civil Rights in Mississippi Digital Archive.

Persistent Link to Item:http://digilib.usm.edu/cdm/compoundobject/collection/manu/id/4789/rec/1