Delta Ministry's Role Loses Friend

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Fri, 07/30/1965
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The author reports on the controversies involving the Delta Ministry in Greenville, Mississippi, from the perspective of Hodding Carter III, the editor of local newspaper the Greenville Delta Democrat Times.  Carter accused the Delta Ministry, which strove to better living conditions for African-Americans in the region, of hiding their true identity as civil rights activists. Carter expressed concern that the prestige and reputation of the National Council of Churches was supporting "ultra-revolutionary types" who would use religion to advance their political aims of racial equality.  He also claimed that the Delta Ministry tried to stop the printing of an anti-discrimination ad in his newspaper by white and African-American civic groups because the effort did not include the organization, an accusation the Delta Ministry denied. Carter urged compromise as a means of progress toward racial equality rather than the hard-line approach of the Delta Ministry.

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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 Greenville Air Force Base in Greenville, Mississippi" (1C/S03.01) and "Exhibit F- A file of educational documents relating to Delta Ministry's operation in Mississippi" (1C/S03.27) under document number 1C/S03.30.

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