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Oral history with Ms. Vernon J. Keys

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Creator:Keys, Vernon J., Ms., 1926-
Title:Oral history with Ms. Vernon J. Keys
Date:1994 Mar. 19

Oral history interview conducted on March 19, 1994 with Ms. Vernon J. Keys (born 1926). Beginning in 1965, Ms. Keys worked with the Coahoma Opportunities, Inc. (COI), a community action agency designed to improve the economic position of the poor of Coahoma County, Mississippi. Topics discussed include Keys' background; the establishment of Southern Educational Recreational Association (SERA), Head Start, Jesse Epps; the establishment of Community Action Agency (CAP), Head Start; the Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC); Head Start outreach services; Keys' involvement in Coahoma Opportunities, Inc. (COI); the establishment of Legal Aid and Neighborhood Service Centers; Clarksdale, Mississippi from 1945 to 1965; White reaction to changes generated by Civil Rights and Voting Rights acts; the affects of the changes generated by the Civil Rights and Voting Rights acts on the African-American community; federal poverty guidelines; participation of the poor in COI programs; White participation in COI programs; Migrant Workers program; Adult Base Education; who benefitted most from COI-sponsored programs; the Neighborhood Youth Corps, Upward Bound, Mainstream; Keys' assessment of the greatest impact of COI; and the downside to the COI programs, especially Head Start.

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
Subjects:Keys, Vernon J., Ms., 1926- | Henry, Aaron, 1922- | African American women civil rights workers--Mississippi--Clarksdale--Interviews | Civil rights workers--Mississippi--Clarksdale--Interviews | African American women educators--Mississippi--Clarksdale--Interviews | African American social reformers--Mississippi--Clarksdale--Interviews | Social worker--Mississippi--Clarksdale--Interviews | African Americans--Mississippi--Clarksdale | Head Start programs--Mississippi | Community Action Program (U.S.) | Early Childhood Development Centers | Southern Educational Recreation Association | Poor--Services for--Mississippi | Segregation--Mississippi | Coahoma Opportunities | Clarksdale (Miss.)--Socil conditions | Mississippi | Coahoma County (Miss.) | Clarksdale (Miss.) | Jackson (Miss.) | Hinds County (Miss.)
Collection:USM Oral History
Institution:University of Southern Mississippi Libraries
Contributors:Hill, Homer | Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage | University of Southern Mississippi. Libraries
Online Publisher:Hattiesburg, Miss.: University of Southern Mississippi Libraries
Original Material:

Mississippi oral history program of the University of Southern MS, vol. 662, McCain Library, University of Southern Mississippi.

Rights and Usage:

Copyright Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage. No unauthorized reproduction or publication.

Related Materials:

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.

Forms part of the Mississippi Digital Library.

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