Groups

B.F. Ford School

African American school during segregation. Mattie Thompson School was the white school during segregation.

Benton Citizens’ Club and the Benton County Freedom Train

In addition to the remarkable work of the Freedom School, the Citizens’ Club was launched. Their main focus was to help better the lives of the black community. In regard to reaching others in the community the Citizens’ Club began to publish a newspaper entitled, The Benton County Freedom Train. The Citizens’ Club was active […]

Black United Front

The Black United Front was a civil rights group operating out of Rankin County, MS, that sent a series of demands to businesses and the city government of Brandon, MS. The demands sent to businesses included proportionate employment of black people and an end to restaurant segregation. The demands sent to the government included demands […]

Churches of Lafayette County

Churches played a part in the Civil Rights Movement, such as Second Missionary Baptist Church and Burns Methodist Church in Oxford. Churches played a role in both education and in organizing rights-oriented activism. Sources: “We Cannot Walk Alone Exhibition” Olemiss.edu. 15 November 2006 <http://www.olemiss.edu/depts/general_library/files/archives/exhibits/civilrights/aa/burns.html>

Citizen’s Club

In addition to the remarkable works of the freedom school, the Citizen’s Club was launched. Their main focus was to help better the lives of the blacks. In regard to reaching others in the community the Citizen’s Club began to publish a newspaper entitled, The Benton County Freedom Train. The Citizen’s Club reign lasted for […]

Coahoma County Federated Council of Organizations (CCFCO)

Coahoma County Federated Council of Organizations (CCFCO) was an “organizing screen” in which people who could not risk NAACP involvement could participate. Source: Crossroads at Clarksdale: The Black Freedom Struggle in the Mississippi Delta after World War II by Francoise Nicole Hamlin

COFO of Benton County

In northern Mississippi, there were many offices for the Council of Federated Organizations, or COFO. COFO was an organization made up of all the civil rights and local citizenship groups in Mississippi, working together to improve conditions in Mississippi. Numerous Bentonians were a part of this organization and other organizations that made up COFO. Bentonians […]

COFO of Issaquena

COFO was a coalition of organizations such as the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) under the direction of Bob Moses. COFO registered black residents of Issaquena County beginning in 1962 to vote in the 1964 presidential election. Sources: […]

COFO of Neshoba County

The COFO office was located on Carver Avenue. COFO was a coordinating body for civil rights movement efforts in Mississippi during the Freedom Summer. The Neshoba office was housed in a building originally owned by Calloway Cole of Longdale and later by Amos McClelland who also owned a cafe across the street. A large COFO […]

COFO of Panola County

Around forty, volunteers came to Panola County to register black citizens to vote and to set up “freedom schools.”The volunteers were a diverse group including law students, nurses, and ministers. Most of the volunteers stayed just for the summer of 1964. That summer the COFO volunteers and black activists faced harassing threats and prosecutions by […]

COFO Office

This small commercial building once occupied by state Senator Henry J. Kirksy was the Mississippi headquarters for the 1964 Freedom Summer Project coordinated by the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO). COFO provided statewide organizational support and engaged in direct action in local communities. A small staff coordinated freedom schools, mass meetings, voter registration, and housing […]

Community Center

The original site of many of the voter registration meetings was in the Sanctified Church (presently known as New Jerusalem) prior to being moved to the Community Center. The church also served as the first Head Start center in the county. The church burned down in 1964. A large community center was built on that […]

CORE of Madison Co.

Canton organized office for Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) in 1963. Sources: Brown-Wright, Flonzie. Looking Back to Move Ahead Germantown, OH: FBW, 1994. Cheeks-Collins, Jennifer E. Black America Series: Madison County, Mississippi Charleston: Arcadia, 2002. Townsend Davis, Weary Feet, Rested Souls: A Guided History of the Civil Rights Movement New York: W.W. Norton, 1998. Dittmer, […]

Delta Burial Association

This burial company existed in the the late ‘50’s and 60’s in Marks, MS, and became a hub of NAACP anti-segregation activity. The Sovereignty Commission reported that every associated member of the company was a “subversive”. Sources: Mississippi Sovereignty Commission, Mississippi Department of Archives & History

Delta Ministry

The Delta Ministry was formed by the NCC (National Council of Churches) in 1964 to hold grassroots training sessions for sharecroppers on the importance of voting, political activism, and community communication. In Sharkey County and throughout the Delta, the Delta Ministry fought for Head Start programs, increased healthcare quality, and affordable housing. The Delta Ministry […]

Delta Ministry in Issaquena Co.

The Delta Ministry was formed by the NCC in 1964 to hold grassroots training sessions for sharecroppers on the importance of voting, political activism, and community communication. In Issaquena County and throughout the Delta, the Delta Ministry fought for the Head Start program, increased healthcare quality, and affordable housing. The Delta Ministry is often credited […]

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