Welcoming Change

Welcoming Change


Philadelphia, Mississippi, where the KKK murdered civil rights workers Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner in 1964, has elected James Young as its first black mayor. A Pentecostal minister who was the first black kid in his sixth-grade class in the 1960s, Young ran a shoestring campaign in the mostly white town.

"The signs on the doors said, ‘Welcome,’ and I actually felt welcome.”


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