Head Start Staff May Quit Posts

Newspaper Article
Wed, 08/11/1965
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The author reports that the employees of a Project Head Start initiative in Mississippi threatened to quit if the program cut its ties with the civil rights movement. The staff's threat came in response to the government's requirement that the Mount Beulah center disengage from any civil rights activity. Senator John Stennis had initiated the accusations of the center's involvement with the civil rights movement. He made the additional claim that the center mishandled money from its $1.2 million grant from the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO). According to a story from the Jackson Daily News cited in the article, the staff's threat to quit was a direct result of the firing of project director Tom Levin and the order to move the project headquarters to Mary Holmes Junior College.  Tom Levin stepped down as director, but the move was cancelled in response to the threat of mass resignation.  

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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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