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A Chance for ChangeHead Start and Mississippi's Black Freedom Struggle$
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Crystal R. Sanders

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469627809

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469627809.001.0001

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A Chance for Change

Crystal R. Sanders

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter recounts how segregationists’ political pressure led Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) Director Sargent Shriver to back away from the Child Development Group of Mississippi (CDGM) and support a rival Head Start program, Mississippi Action for Progress (MAP). In funding MAP, Shriver preserved Head Start in Mississippi and appeased powerful political leaders. Shriver won the support of key black and white leaders in Mississippi including National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) President Aaron Henry and Greenville newspaper publisher Hodding Carter III. CDGM parents and staff, however, refused to accept MAP. Their resistance demonstrated CDGM’s empowering nature.

Keywords:   Segregationists, Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO), Sargent Shriver, Child Development Group of Mississippi (CDGM), Head Start, Mississippi Action for Progress (MAP), Aaron Henry, Hodding Carter III

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