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Oral history with Dr. Aaron Henry, prominent civil rights worker

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Creator:Henry, Aaron, 1922-
Creator:McMillen, Neil
Creator:Burson, George S.
Title:Oral history with Dr. Aaron Henry, prominent civil rights worker
Date:1972 May 1

Oral history. Interview conducted on May 1, 1972 with Dr. Aaron Henry in his drugstore in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Henry was born on July 2, 1922 in Clarksdale, Mississippi. After serving in World War II, he went to Xavier College (now Xavier University) in New Orleans, Louisiana and earned his BS degree in politics and government and Pharmacy. Henry returned to Clarksdale and started his drugstore. During the civil rights movement, he was active in organizing the Coahoma County chapter of the NAACP. In 1959, Henry became president of the State Conference of the NAACP, a position that he held for more than twenty years. During the summer of 1964 he was named chairman of the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO), which was established as a joint effort of the Mississippi based units of NAACP, CORE, SCLC, and SNCC. In 1979, Henry won election to a four-year term in the Mississippi House of Representatives.

Electronic version made available through a National Leadership Grant for Libraries from the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

Types:Transcripts | Oral histories | Sound | Text
Subjects:Henry, Aaron, 1922- | National Association for the Advancement of Colored People | Congress of Racial Equality | Southern Christian Leadership Conference | Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (U.S.) | Council of Federated Organizations (U.S.) | Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party | Mississippi. Legislature. House of Representatives | Civil rights movements--Mississippi | Civil rights workers--Mississippi | Mississippi--Race relations | World War, 1939-1945--Veterans | African American veterans--Mississippi | African American pharmacists--Mississippi | United States, Mississippi, 32.354668, -89.398528
Collection:USM Oral History
Institution:University of Southern Mississippi Libraries
Contributors:University of Southern Mississippi. Libraries
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Mississippi Oral History Program of the University of Southern Mississippi, vol. 33, McCain Library, University of Southern Mississippi.

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