Black political influence in Mississippi has slowed despite increase in elected officials

While other states, with smaller African-American populations, have elected statewide leaders, the glass ceiling in Mississippi has remained not only impervious but unreachable.

Mississippi, which has more African-Americans per capita and more black elected officials than any other state in the nation, has not elected a black candidate to a statewide office in the more than 140 years since Reconstruction.

That’s the dichotomy of black political power today in Mississippi….

…He was a Democrat, but switched parties.

Evers, who has identified as a Republican and served as a delegate to the Republican National Convention, believes African-Americans may place too much political allegiance to the Democratic Party.

Evers said it was mostly Democrats in power during the turbulent civil rights era, who opposed rights for African-Americans.

Clarion Ledger