The Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party
Aaron Henry, chair of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party delegation, speaks before the Credentials Committee at the Democratic National Convention, Atlantic City, NJ.
Atlantic City, NJ - In an effort to force the democratic party to recognize the MFDP as the legitimate representatives of the Black and white citizens of Mississippi, the representatives traveled to New Jersey to confront the Party head-on. Led by Joe Rauh, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Robert "Bob" Moses and Fannie Lou Hamer, among others, the MFDP presented a compelling argument before the Party and before the world. Hamer's testimony before the committee was seen around the world even though President Johnson tried to block it with a press conference. Although the MFDP did not achieve their overall goal, they did prove to the world that black people were an organizing political active force.