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The Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi$
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Ted Ownby

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781617039331

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617039331.001.0001

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Robert Clark and the Ascendancy to Black Power

Robert Clark and the Ascendancy to Black Power

The Case of the Mississippi Black State Legislators

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(p.230) Robert Clark and the Ascendancy to Black Power
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The Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi
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Byron D’Andra Orey

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617039331.003.0010

This chapter examines Black Power in relation to the issues that have been addressed by African Americans who were elected to the Mississippi legislature since 1967, whether through influence or new laws. It considers how African American legislators progressed from Robert Clark’s initial failure to gain recognition on the floor to their becoming head of five committees in the late 1980s and the role they played in choosing the Speaker of the House. It argues that most black legislators have been able to tackle issues related to education, suffrage, and health care, and that they often resorted to political pragmatism in response to either inattention or racial prejudice.

Keywords:   education, Black Power, African Americans, Mississippi, legislature, legislators, Robert Clark, Speaker of the House, suffrage, health care

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