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 with carrying on the fight for social justice following COFO’s collapse and decreased activism from SNCC and other rights-oriented organizations.


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