"They Will Not Be Denied"

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Author Galen B. Ogden reports the details of his visit to five Church of the Brethren congregations in Alabama and Louisiana and recounts the problems facing the struggle for racial equality in the region. Ogden joined with representatives of the Disciples of Christ in distributing over thirteen tons of food in the Mississippi Delta region. He noted that civil rights activists and sympathizers were often punished for their support of racial equality with the termination of their jobs. Ogden also observed that African Americans faced harsh economic conditions including low wages and the eventual replacement of human labor with machines in the cotton-picking industry. Cotton pickers who participated in civil rights demonstrations also risked being fired. Ogden described the disenfranchisement of thousands of African Americans due to Jim Crow election laws, and argued that in spite of the hardships he described, African Americans would continue to fight for their right to vote in their pursuit of equality.

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Document Description: two-page photocopy of article; located in PLT Archive folder "Ed King"; Markings on the photocopy suggest that this article comes from "Ed King Collection" Box 9, Folder 451; part of document 1EKI19.06.

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