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Robert Masters Letter to His Family

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Title

Robert Masters Letter to His Family

Description

In this letter, Robert Masters discusses the importance of his work as a volunteer with the Mississippi Freedom Project helping to organize the Freedom Democratic Party, which is intended to challenge the state's traditional Democratic delegation, and analyzes the potential political strength of the African-American community.

Subject

Greenwood (Miss.)
Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party
Civil rights movements--Mississippi--History--20th century

Creator

Masters, Robert

Source

RobertMastersCollection.Box1

Publisher

Queens College Department of Special Collections and Archives (New York, N.Y.)

Date

c. 1964

Date Created

2010-11-08

Rights

Reprinted with permission of Robert Masters. This material may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). We welcome you to make fair use of the content accessible on this website as defined by copyright law. Please note that you are responsible for determining whether your use is fair and for responding to any claims that may arise from your use.

Format

2 Images
JPEG

Extent

59,748 bytes (Item2);
61,022 bytes (Item2A)

Language

English

Type

Text

Spatial Coverage

Greenwood (Miss.)

Text

Friday 24, 1964

Dear Moms, Pops, and Boobs,
Well Happy Birthday to me - I made it to 20 and it took a lot of doing. Things are fine in Greenwood, but there's a lot of work to do. There is a huge task in front of us.
I guess you've read something about the Freedom Democratic Party and understand the basis of our challenge of the regular Democratic party. Our claim is that we are open to everyone and that we have or can get the complete support of the Negro people in Miss. We only have about 20,000 forms filled out of an electorate of around 450,000. Now maybe you can understand why it is necessary for everyone to stay down here and work to get people to fill these forms out. The form were [sic] using is simplicity itself. There's nothing to it, but there are many people who can't even fill it out. That's how deprived they are.
I've been eating a lot since getting out of the "cage" and have put most of my weight back on. The woman Bill (my roommate) and I live with is a great cook. The other night she made steak for us. I saw Carl Pomerance Tuesday night at a precinct election for the Freedom Democratic Party. He came to see Martin Luther King (who is a great demagogue).
Yesterday I got a call from Joan and we spoke for about 10 minutes. She said that she didn't know I had been in jail. You should've told her. It was nice hearing from her and she said that she would call next week.
Tonight I have a meeting of the Block Captains in my canvassing area. We are trying to set up a permanent political organization in Miss. by working through the block captains. It will take a lot of work to make it work, but it is the only way to set up a permanent group "one led by the people" not by SNCC's.
Well there no more time to write because I have to see some people about setting up a booth for Freedom Registration.
Love,
Bob

P.S. I just got your cards Thanks

Original Format

Correspondence
Paper
8.75 x 11 (222 x 279 mm)

Citation

Masters, Robert, “Robert Masters Letter to His Family,” Queens College Civil Rights Archives, accessed May 20, 2018, http://archives.qc.cuny.edu/civilrights/items/show/87.

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