Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party of Holmes

Inspired by Ella Baker and Bob Moses, Holmes County sought to develop an organization owned by local people that could seek long-term, sustained change. The creation of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party by COFO in Jackson provided such an organization. The MFDP developed its strongest political entity in Holmes County. The first black person elected to the Mississippi Legislature in 1967 was from Holmes County. People such as Fannie Lou Hamer came to Holmes County as a representative of the MFDP.

Sources:

Youth of the Rural Organizing and Cultural Center. Minds Stayed on Freedom: The Civil Rights Struggle in the Rural South, an Oral History. Boulder: West View Press, 1991.

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