Cover

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Title, Copyright

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-x

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xii

When the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. accepted the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, he remarked, "Every time I take a flight, I am always mindful of the many people who make a successful journey possible...

Abbreviations and Acronyms Used in the Text

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pp. xiii-xvi

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Introduction: Taking Rights

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pp. 1-10

The sixty-eight Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party delegates who made the long bus ride home from Atlantic City, New Jersey, to Mississippi after the 1964 Democratic National Convention had every reason to be...

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CHAPTER ONE: Reading Is Power

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pp. 11-31

Education has always been po liti cal in Mississippi. Access to it, or rather the lack thereof, undergirded the state’s racial caste system from the antebellum era until well into the twentieth century and provided white planters with an endless supply of cheap black labor for...

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CHAPTER TWO: A Revolution in Expectations

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pp. 32-71

In April of 1965, Winson Hudson and Minnie Lewis traveled more than 120 miles from Harmony, Mississippi, to Edwards, outside of Jackson, to learn about a new federal program called Head Start. The women’s activist backgrounds signaled...

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CHAPTER THREE: I’d Do It for Nothing the Way I Feel

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pp. 72-106

Alice Giles worked at a CDGM center that served Sunflower County children. The center, however, was physically located in Washington County’s Leland township, because no black church or community center in...

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CHAPTER FOUR: Senator Stennis Is Watching

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pp. 107-145

When OEO officials announced in August 1965 that Operation Head Start would operate year- round, CDGM activists believed they stood a strong chance of securing a year-round grant. The predominately black preschool...

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CHAPTER FIVE: Say It Isn’t So, Sarge

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pp. 146-185

Winson Hudson, Lillie Ayers, and Lavaree Jones certainly had much to celebrate in 1966. The women’s Herculean efforts to keep centers open on a voluntary basis had paid dividends. OEO refunded the embattled Head Start program in February after a five-month feud, and the Reverend James...

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Epilogue: A Constant Struggle

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pp. 186-192

“The federal government declared war on poverty and poverty won,” said President Ronald Reagan in his 1988 State of the Union address.1 In reality, nothing could have been further from the truth. The percentage of poor Americans decreased dramatically because of the War on...

Notes

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pp. 193-224

Bibliography

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pp. 225-238

Index

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pp. 239-250