Document 25: Elayne DeLott to Renee DeLott, "i am sending the first letter," Canton, Mississippi, [early October 1964], Elaine DeLott Baker Papers, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.
Leaving Jackson and moving to Canton re-energized me. The Canton project gave me an opportunity to interact with the community around the institutional discrimination that pervaded the local branches of federal agencies. Later that January, I was able to set up face-to-face meetings between small groups of local people and high-level bureaucrats in six D.C. agencies, including the Office of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Office of Health Education and Welfare (See Document 76).
i am sending the first letter because it is depressing and even though i no longer feel that way, it's kind of a testimony of the ups and downs i have, and we all do. i myself am much more settled here now. in the first place i have a better project, my own idea, and am working it out. it is less research and more contact with people, training them to do things, etc. although i perhaps will never regret having committed to memory the poverty bill and the social security act, plus mdta, i still am glad to not have to spend too much time devising new bills, and working like a sneaky lawyer discovering weak points and potential pressure points.
i am of course very upset about the thought of ernest being really sick. i have a whole complete picture of him in my mind, and am happiest of all because you like him, and i think this is the nicest part of all. send him my hello.
nothing too much else to report.
by the way, please send me the I Ching with the hexagrams. very important, send it to me, 838 lutz st, canton, miss.
858-9944 miss you
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