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Adams, Victoria Gray, 1926-2006

b. 1926 - d. 2006

Victoria Gray (Adams) was founder of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP). After teaching voter registration classes in 1960, Adams became a field secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and led several successful boycotts. During Freedom Summer (1964), she opened several schools across Mississippi. In 1964, Adams ran against incumbent Senator John Stennis, a segregationist. Adams, Fannie Lou Hamer and Annie Devine announced the formation of the MFDP and asked to be formally recognized by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to replace the segregationist Mississippi Democratic Party. Although unsuccessful in their appeal and the election, their testimony was aired by the DNC on national television. This gave widespread attention to the violence and injustice that African Americans faced and garnered support for the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

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Annual Report by MLK

Dr. King illustrates in his annual report the innovative changes that have occurred within the country, as well as the world. He also expresses the Republican stand point on civil rights and the constant concern of racism.

Conference on Strengthening the New Politiics

The Conference on Strengthening the New Politics was formed from a desire to have real constituencies who have control over their elected officials and a concern for local grassroots political development. It is the hope of this conference that the styles of liberalism and the Civil Rights Movement could come together to form a new elective politic.

Telegram From the National Committee For Free Elections to MLK Regarding 1967 Sunflower County, Mississippi Elections

Dr. King requests a meeting with Attorney General William Ramsey Clark, to discuss the need for federal voting registrars to oversee upcoming elections in rural Mississippi counties. In these elections, Negroes will run as candidates for the first time in American history.