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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.

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