Mississippi: Black Delegates

The old guard of Mississippi's white supremacy has been mindful of threats to unseat the state's delegation to the Democratic National Convention in Chicago if Negroes are excluded from the party. So last week the old guard retreated. For the first time since the 1870s, Mississippi's party chiefs decided to admit Negroes to a statewide caucus that will meet at Jackson on July 2 to select 48 convention delegates and 24 alternates. In eight of the state's 82 counties, disciplined blacks and a smattering of young white allies elected 47 Negroes. Jefferson County, over 70% black, chose Civil Rights Leader...

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