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Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party Congressional Challenge - Fact Sheet

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09641.17 Author/Creator: Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party Place Written: Washington, DC Type: Typed document Date: 1964 Pagination: 1 p. ; 28 x 21.5 cm

Summary of Content: One fact sheet dated 1964, regarding an election where Heber Lander denied MFDP candidates names on the ballot. Document details the basis of the challenge (that five representatives were elected unconstitutionally), the procedure, suggesting a Fairness resolution and background on the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party.

Background Information: Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP) was organized as an integrated group to challenge the Mississippi Democratic Party which at the time elected white people only.

People: Hammer, Fannie Lou, 1914-1977
Adams, Victoria Gray, 1926-2006
Devine, Annie, 1912-2000
Ladner, Heber, fl. 1964

Historical Era: 1945 to the Present

Subjects: SegregationCivil Rights MovementVoting RightsAfrican American HistoryGovernment and CivicsPoliticsRace discrimination

Sub Era: The Civil Rights Movement

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