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Oral history with Joe Martin

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Creator:Martin, Joe, 1943-
Creator:Dykes, Jimmy
Creator:Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage
Title:Oral history with Joe Martin
Date:1995 Nov. 1

Oral history interview conducted on November 1, 1995 with Joe Martin (born 1943). Mr. Martin became inspired by Medgar Evers after hearing him in elementary school. Martin and his Burgland High football friends formed an NAACP youth group. Mr. Martin co-authored a treatise listing five reasons why black, brown, and red-skinned people shouldn't fight in the Vietnam War, as they had to endure Klan-inspired terrorism and were denied the right to vote. Topics discussed include Martin's civil rights involvement as a young boy; meeting Bob Moses; a student walkout; race relations in McComb prior to the civil rights movement; the murders of Herbert Lee and Louis Allen; SNCC, COFO, Marshall Ganz, Mendy Samstein, and Dennis Sweeney; Oliver Emmerich and the Enterprise-Journal;

Martin and Hopson's article urging nonwhites to refuse to fight in the war in Vietnam; his spearheading of a beer boycott to restore Aylene Quin's tavern license; his work in the redistricting of Pike County; the shortage of African American male teachers; the Mississippi Institution for the Technical and Economic Resources; his personal experiences with racism; current race relations; the best result of the McComb civil rights movement; problems with illicit drugs and alcohol; Reverend Ed King; and the German ambassador in McComb.

This interview is part of the Civil Rights Documentation Project, funded by the Mississippi Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, and the University of Southern Mississippi.

Types:Oral histories | Transcripts | Text
Subjects:Emmerich, Oliver, b. 1896 | Martin, Joe, 1943- | Moses, Robert Parris | Quin, Alyene, 1920-2001 | Lee, Herbert, 1919-1961--Assassination | Samstein, 1938-2007 | Quin, Alyene, 1920-2001 | Lee, Herbert, 1919-1961 | Allen, Louis, d. 1964 | King, Edwin H. | Ganz, Marshall, 1943- | Sweeney, Dennis | Enterprise-journal (McComb, Miss.) | Mississippi Institute for the Technical and Economic Services | National Association for the Advancement of Colored People | Civil rights--Mississippi | Civil rights workers--Mississippi | United States, Mississippi, 32.354668, -89.398528
Collection:USM Oral History
Institution:University of Southern Mississippi Libraries
Contributors:University of Southern Mississippi. Libraries
Original Material:

Mississippi Oral History Program of the University of Southern Mississippi, vol. 713, McCain Library, University of Southern Mississippi.

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Forms part of the Civil Rights in Mississippi Digital Archive.

Forms part of the Mississippi Oral History Program Collection in the Civil Rights in Mississippi Digital Archive.

Forms part of University of Southern Mississippi Digital Collections.

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