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Mississippi Challenge.

No state exemplified the brutal sanctions of racism and discrimination like Mississippi. The deaths of Emmett Till, Medgar Evers and Schwerner, Chaney and Goodman are reminders of just how far bigots would go to protect segregation.

From a brighter point of view there were also such heroes as Bob Moses, James Forman and Fannie Lou Hamer. Both sides of this drama are accurately and poignantly evoked by Mildred Pitts Walter in Mississippi Challenge. Walter distills episodes peculiar to Mississippi, capturing the terrorism that threatened black life at every turn.

Walter's multi-voiced narrative flows and builds steadily to a climax with the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP). Chapters on the MFDP are insightful, but the need for a more studied look at the party is clear. Future scholars will use Walter's research as a launch pad to a more thorough survey of Mississippi's backwater.
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Author:Boyd, Herb
Publication:Black Enterprise
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Jun 1, 1993
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