Killingsworth, J. C., 1921-2007
Born in Mississippi on March 11, 1921 to Anderson and Mattie Killingsworth, J. C. Killingsworth became a prominent figure and leader in the civil rights movement. Killingsworth, a Methodist minister, focused most of his attention in Mississippi where he worked tirelessly throughout the state to educate and register African American voters. In addition to his work with voter registration, Killingsworth organized boycotts and demonstrations throughout the state and participated in notable marches such as the March on Washington and the second Selma to Montgomery march. In 1964, he accompanied Fannie Lou Hamer to the Democratic National Convention to testify to the voting practices in the South. Killingsworth died on December 2, 2007.
Archival Collections and Reference Resources
- Series 2515 : Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission Records Online, 1994-2006, Photographs (Mississippi Department of Archives and History)
- Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission photograph of Bill Peltz holding a camera during a demonstration protesting Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara's visit to Jackson, Mississippi, 1960s (Black-and-white photographs)
- Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission photograph of James Cedarstrium and Marty Burke carrying protest signs and walking on a sidewalk with an unidentified male looks on during a demonstration protesting Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara's visit to Jackson, Mississippi, 1960s (Black-and-white photographs)