Severe Hunger Found in Mississippi

Type 
Newspaper Article
Year 
1967
Creator(s) 
Container 
Date 
Sat, 06/17/1967
Doc # 
1FH04.03
Abstract 

The author reports on the Congressional testimony of a group of doctors who discovered serious public health problems in Mississippi. During their stay in Mississippi, these doctors observed between 600 and 700 African American children, most of whom manifested dire health conditions including severe malnutrition, chronic diarrhea, tooth decay, heart and lung difficulties, as well as other ailments. In their testimony, the doctors described their conditions as being as bad as or worse than those of “primitive tribal Africans in Kenya and Aden.” The doctors also noted the crushing poverty that forced these families into such poor states of health, as well as the complete lack of compassion or concern on the part of local health and welfare officials, and expressed disbelief that such a low quality of life could be found in America, the world’s wealthiest country.

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Document Description: one-page photocopy of article; located in PLT Archive folder "Fannie Lou Hamer Articles".

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