Memorandum from Benjamin F. Payton Regarding Meredith Mississippi March



Benjamin F. Payton, Executive Director of the Commission on Religion and Race of the National Council of Churches, constructs this document as a debriefing on the Meredith Mississippi March. It is evident that the march is symbolic of the nation's struggle with racial conflict and aims to dismantle fear among African American voter registration. James Meredith, Mississippi citizen and first African American to desegregate the University of Mississippi, had organized and led the march. In addition, The Commission Staff proposes several recommended actions intended for national response of the current racial crisis.

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