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Oral history with Mr. Thomas Knight, Sr.

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Creator:Knight, Thomas, 1920-
Creator:Bolton, Charles C.
Creator:Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage
Title:Oral history with Mr. Thomas Knight, Sr.
Date:1992 Feb. 7, 1992 Feb. 21

Oral history. Two interviews conducted on February 7 and 21, 1992 with Mr. Thomas Knight Sr. at the University of Southern Mississippi. Knight was born on July 9, 1920 near Hattiesburg, Mississippi. In 1941, he began working at the Reliance Manufacturing Company in Hattiesburg. While working there he was instrumental in organizing Local Union No. 563 of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America. After he resigned his position as full-time representative of the union, Knight became an officer of the Hattiesburg Central Labor Council and was an active lobbyist of the Mississippi legislature. In 1957, he participated in negotiations to merge the Mississippi AFL and the Mississippi CIO. In 1960, he was elected to the full-time position of secretary-treasurer. He served in that position until 1986 when he was elected president of the Mississippi AFL-CIO.

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Types:Transcripts | Oral histories | Text
Subjects:Knight, Thomas, Sr., 1920- | Mississippi AFL-CIO | Civil rights--Mississippi | Clothing workers--Labor unions--Mississippi | Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America | Labor unions--Mississippi | Political participation--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. 639, McCain Library, University of Southern Mississippi.

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