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 for a government-housing program, an end to police brutality, an ouster of the town sheriff, and an overhaul of the Brandon prison system. The group threatened a boycott of all businesses in Brandon, MS, by all black people if their demands were not met. They went so far as to publish an “Uncle Tom’s List” of all black people caught breaking the boycott.

Mississippi Sovereignty Commission, Mississippi Department of Archives & History