Monday, November 17, 2008

SCLC Mississippi Volunteer; 'Cannon Fodder in the Cold War'

When college student Jo Freemen volunteered to go into Mississippi as a field worker for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), little did she know that she would be spied upon.

"Not until 1997 did I discover that the actual source of the editorial and photos was the Mississippi Sovereignty Commission, an official state agency of which I was completely unaware in 1966. And only after extensive research did I realize that I and others like me were not just foot soldiers in the civil rights movement, but cannon fodder in the Cold War," Freeman wrote for a history journal.

Her article, a detailed history of the Mississippi Sovereignty Commission, is fascinating. At least 28 files appear with her name --

Hre's a handwritten letter to the Sovereignty Commission about Freeman|30|1|96|1|1|1|28934|A

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