Delta Ministry May Be Behind Seizure At Base

Newspaper Article
Unknown (author)
Tue, 02/01/1966
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The author reports on the growing suspicion that the Delta Ministry planned and was in some way responsible for the seizure of a government-owned building at Greenville Air Force Base in Mississippi.  The seizure of the building involved a 29-hour commandeering of the building in order to force the federal government to listen to poor citizens' concerns which had been ignored for two years.  According to Delta Ministry national chairman Bishop Paul Moore, an agreement to remain on the base had been reached during a conference at Mount Beulah sponsored by the Delta Ministry, the Freedom Democratic Party and the Mississippi Freedom Labor Union.  Reverend Arthur Thomas, director of the Delta Ministry, was one of the demonstrators who took over the Greenville building.  The author also mentioned disparagingly the additional activities of the Delta Ministry in the organization's pursuit of civil rights, as well as the immediate results of the occupation of the building.

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Document Description: one-page photocopy of article; located in PLT Archive folder "Delta Ministry (Div. of Nat'l Council of Churches) pro, anti-literature"; part of "Exhibit A- A series of clippings about the Delta Ministry and the sit-in at the Greenville Air Force Base in Greenville, Mississippi" (1C/S03.01); The year noted in this doc entry is not mentioned in the document, the year or range of years for its publication was determined based on research of its content.

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