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Oral history with Mr. Percy Greene

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Creator:Greene, Percy, 1897-1977
Creator:McMillen, Neil
Creator:Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage
Title:Oral history with Mr. Percy Greene
Date:1972 Dec. 14

Oral history. Interview conducted on December 14, 1972 with Mr. Percy Greene at his office in Jackson, Mississippi. Greene was born on September 7, 1897 in Jackson, Mississippi and died on April 16, 1977. He was very active in the civil rights movement in Mississippi. After returning from service in World War I, he returned to Jackson, Mississippi. In 1927, he organized the National Association of Negro War Veterans and by 1932 there were chapters in 8 states with 12,000 members. In 1939, he became founder, owner, publisher and editor of the Jackson Advocate newspaper in Jackson. Greene was pictured in Life magazine casting his vote after leading African Americans to the polls to vote in a Democratic Primary election for the first time in the history of the state of Mississippi in 1964.

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Types:Transcripts | Oral histories | Text
Subjects:Greene, Percy, 1897-1977 | African American newspaper editors--Mississippi--Jackson | African American newspaper editors--Mississippi--Hinds County | Newspaper editors--Mississippi--Jackson | Newspaper editors--Mississippi--Hinds County | Journalists--Mississippi--Jackson | Journalists--Mississippi--Hinds County | Civil rights movements--Mississippi--Jackson | Civil rights movements--Mississippi--Hinds County | Civil rights workers--Mississippi--Jackson | Civil rights workers--Mississippi--Hinds County | African American civil rights workers--Mississippi--Jackson | African American civil rights workers--Mississippi--Hinds County | African American journalists--Mississippi--Jackson | African American journalists--Mississippi--Hinds County | Social reformers--Mississippi--Jackson | Social reformers--Mississippi--Hinds County | African Americans--Civil rights | Journalism--Mississippi--Jackson | Journalism--Mississippi--Hinds County | State governments | Mississippi--Race relations--History--20th century | Mississippi--Politics and government--1951- | Newspapers | Veterans | Elections--Mississippi | Voting--Mississippi | Voters--Mississippi | Jackson Advocate | United States, Mississippi, Hinds County, Jackson, 32.2987573, -90.1848103
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. 286, McCain Library, University of Southern Mississippi.

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Forms part of the Civil Rights in Mississippi Digital Archive.

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