Untitled Newspaper Article - Civil Rights Workers Invade Greenville Air Force Base

Type 
Newspaper Article
Year 
1966
Creator(s) 
Date 
Tue, 02/01/1966
Doc # 
1C/S03.12
Abstract 

The author reports that a group of white and African-American civil rights activists commandeered a buildling at the decommissioned Greenville Air Force Base in Greenville, MS. In response, the Air Force planned to send Air Police to Greenville to address the activists' takeover of the building, as the county attorney had determined the occupation to be a federal matter, and called off local police. The activists issued a list of demands including employment, food, heat, job training, and the land being used by the base, as well as the buildings standing on it.  Self-identified as "the Poor People's Conference," the group affiliated itself with the Mississippi Labor Union, the Delta Ministry, and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party.

Additional information 

Document Description: two-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 publication date of the article (noted above) was written in pencil on the article or on a photocopy of the article. 

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