Halifax County was followed by Bertie and Northampton counties. Even as our organizing efforts were progressing there, we had this huge workshop conference -- nothing like it ever before in Eastern North Carolina -- and we spread out rapidly into all of the other counties. The Black Belt Project was an enormous success. The basic thanks go to a vast number of grassroots people: mostly Black, many Indians, and, as we went along, even some low income Whites. Throughout this entire region, we broke the hard-lines of resistance to social change, won a myriad of key victories, ended the atmosphere of terrorism, laid the basis for democratic unionism -- and developed a broad network of vigorous local leadership. Even now, decades later, I hear from people "back there" -- still initiating and carrying through creative social justice projects.