Suddenly It Was All Action

To counter criticism, a volley of civil rights initiatives

The public courtship began last month, when Assistant Attorney General William Bradford Reynolds toured the black communities in the rural Mississippi Delta to check into voting discrimination. With Jesse Jackson as his guide, the patrician Reynolds dined on catfish sandwiches and grits, listened to horror stories and, holding Jackson's hand, sang We Shall Overcome. Then he returned to Washington and dispatched federal registrars to five Mississippi counties to register voters. It was a symbolic journey in a presidential campaign season: Reynolds, head of the Justice Department's civil rights division, has been a key...

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