Shriver Denies U.S. Funds Used to Bail CR Agitators

Newspaper Article
Unknown (author)
Sun, 08/22/1965
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The author reports that Sargent Shriver, the director of the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO), denied that the Head Start program used some of its $1.2 million in federal antipoverty funds to bail out civil rights activists who had been imprisoned during a march on the capitol in Jackson, MS. Shriver's denial was in response to an accusation by Sen. John Stennis in which the senator also claimed the the program was using its money to subsidize housing for activists in the Mount Beulah Center. According to a New York Times article, the program had used money to bail out the activists, but had categorized the funds as "salary advances." In response to the accusations of fiscal irresponsibility, Shriver conceded that money had been used in "questionable" ways, but stressed that the issue was being addressed.

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Document Description: one-page photocopy of newspaper article; located in PLT Archive Folder "Delta Ministry (Div. of Nat'l Churches) pro, anti-literature"; part of "Exhibit C- Questionable morals at Southern Christian Institute near Edwards, Mississippi (Mt. Beulah)" (1C/S03.14); The publication date of the article (noted above) was written in pencil on the document or on a photocopy of the article.

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