End of the Federal Food Program

In October, 1962, the white county board of supervisors cut off a federal food program, a program that gave 27,000 people in the county, a large part of them black, aid on which to survive. The supervisors were probably reacting to the burgeoning voter registration drives, but they claimed that they could not afford the distribution. In the spring of 1963, this action brought national attention and an outpouring of support of money, food, and clothing. Comedian Dick Gregory and famed Mississippi activist Medgar Evers brought a spotlight to focus on the effort and to the injustices being suffered in the region.

Sources:

Parker, Frank. Black Votes Count: Political Empowerment in Mississippi After 1965.

Payne, Charles. I’ve Got the Light of Freedom.