Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party
The organization of the Mississippi Freedom Party (MFDP) was a major focus of the Freedom Summer program. More than 80,000 Mississippians joined the new party, which elected a slate of sixty-eight delegates to the national Democratic Party convention in Atlantic City. The MFDP delegation challenged the seating of the delegates representing Mississippi's all white Democratic Party. While the effort failed, it drew national attention, particularly through the dramatic televised appeal of MFDP delegate Fannie Lou Hamer. The MFDP challenge also lead to a ban on racially discriminatory delegations at future conventions.
Information courtesy of the Congress of Racial Equality, CORE Online, www.core-online.org.