Created on Friday, 27 June 2014 12:01
As voters’ rights advocates and civil rights leaders embrace the 50th anniversary of the 1964 “Freedom Summer” in Mississippi, a new study by
the Center for American Progress finds that shifting demographics in the South can help to accelerate meaningful social and political change.
The report titled, “True South: Unleashing Democracy in the Black Belt 50 Years After Freedom Summer,” defined the Black Belt, a region known for its rich soil and history of plantation slavery, as regions in the following: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.
According to the report, between 2000 and 2010, “the non-Hispanic white population in the South grew at a rate of 4 percent, while the so-called ‘minority’ population in the region experienced a 34 percent growth, the greatest out of any region in the country.”