Delta Ministry in Sharkey Co.

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 is often credited with carrying on the fight for social justice following COFOs (Council of Federated Organizations) collapse and decreased activism from SNCC and other rights-oriented organizations.


“Divine Agitators: The Delta Ministry and Civil Rights in Mississippi.”Mark Newman. University of Georgia Press. 2004.

“National Council of Churches.”