People

A.M.E. Logan

Mrs. Logan housed and fed many civil rights workers and was a founding member of Woman Power Unlimited. As the official hospitality person for the NAACP, she greeted and provided rides for many civil rights workers and coordinated meals for Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., among others. Her house was the headquarters for the 1961 […]

Aaron Henry

Aaron Henry, one of the most influential figures in the civil rights movement, grew up in Clarksdale (742 Garfield). Henry joined the military after attending high school in Clarksdale, and upon leaving the service he attended Xavier University and became a pharmacist. He opened a pharmacy in Clarksdale known as the Fourth Street Pharmacy. In […]

Aleita Ann Sullivan

Attorney Aleita Ann Sullivan is the daughter of the late Draughn G. and Letha D. Magee. Sullivan’s paternal grandfather, Philip Magee, was one of the original settlers of Magee, Miss. Sullivan’s mother, Letha, taught the first African-American student to attend Magee Elementary in her first grade class. Draughn, Letha’s father, was a well respected sheriff […]

Alex Haley

Alex Haley (1921-1992): African-American writer Alex Haley is best known as the author of Roots: The Saga of an American Family and the co-author of The Autobiography of Malcolm X. Haley attended Alcorn State University beginning at age fifteen and withdrew two years later. At age eighteen, he began serving in the Coast Guard and […]

Alexander K. Davis

Davis was a black male who served as Lieutenant Governor during Reconstruction. He was impeached as a result of Democrats taking back the government. After he was impeached, he returned to Noxubee County where he opened a saloon that attracted both white and black patrons. Sources: http://mshistory.k12.ms.us/index.php?s=extra&id=130

Alfonzo W. Wilson, Airman 3rd Class

On August 6, 1961, Alfonzo Wilson refused to sit at the back of the bus as was customary for black riders. He was arrested after a scuffle with a police officer who was called to force him to move to the back. Source: Mississippi Sovereignty Commission Files, Mississippi Department of Archives and History

Alyene Quin

Mrs. Alyene Quin, or Mama Quin, as she was affectionately called by SNCC workers, owned a small business establishment on Summit Street which became a center of civil rights activity in the McComb Movement. Threats against her home business came in response to her strong leadership in the Movement. Mrs. Quin’s home was bombed on […]

Amzie Moore

Moore was a postal worker as well as a businessman. Moore owned and operated a filling station on Highway 61 that was one of the few gas station blacks traveling from Memphis to Vicksburg could patron without being harassed. In addition to his businesses, Moore also organized the NAACP in Cleveland in 1955 and served […]

Ann Moody

Anne Moody, author of A Coming of Age in Mississippi, was born in Wilkinson County in 1940. Her book is an autobiographical account of her experience growing up in South Mississippi. Published in 1969, Moody’s novel tells the story of Moody’s life from age four to twenty-four and addresses the issues faced by young African-Americans […]

Annie Devine

Annie Devine was one of Madison County’s leading women in civil rights. She and other civil rights leaders organized the Canton office for CORE in 1963. In 1964, Devine and other civil rights workers organized Canton’s first Freedom Day on February 28. Through arrests, fire hoses, attack dogs, and tear gas, Devine and the movement […]

Annie Laurie Reed

Reed served as a grassroots organizer and voter registration activist for Unita Blackwell during the “Freedom Summer”of 1964 and throughout the Civil Rights movement. Sources: “An Oral History with Honorable Unita Blackwell.”Civil Rights in Mississippi: Digital Archive. 1977. http://www.lib.usm.edu/%7Espcol/crda/oh/blackwell.htm “Barfootin’.”Unita Blackwell and JoAnne Prichard Morris. Crown Publishers. 2006.

Annie Mae King

Annie Mae King helped African-Americans register to vote, and during Freedom Summer she housed white volunteers. As a result of her efforts she was fired from her job as a cook, and her home was bombed. Annie May King also was a teacher of Head Start, a federally funded educational program with the purpose of […]

Annie Mae Trice Dilworth

She taught at Burnsville, MS, at the Iuka Colored School and taught the first black graduating class in Tishomingo County.

Audley Maurice Mackel

Audley Maurice Mackel was a prominent dentist from Natchez who resurrected the Natchez chapter of the NAACP in the spring of 1940, by collecting enough support and members to charter a new chapter. He eventually served as the branch secretary. In the 1950s he was active in the Regional Council of Negro Leadership, the organization […]

Aviva Futorian

Aviva Futorian, originally of New Albany, was a young graduate from Brandeis when she worked in Mississippi during Freedom Summer in 1964. She worked for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) from 1964 to 1966, largely with the Benton County Citizens Club. She left Mississippi in 1965 to work for the Anti-Defamation League in Chicago. […]

Ben Chester White

Ben Chester White was the caretaker of the Carter family farm off Liberty Road in Natchez his entire life and was never involved in the Civil Rights Movement. Despite his elderly age of 67 and lack of involvement in the racial tumult of the 1960s, James L. Jones, Claude Fuller and Ernest Avants, all members […]

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