Dr. Orris participated in his first civil rights demonstration when he was only eleven. In 1964, he was recruited to participate in the Summer Project in Mississippi. Orris was also responsible for coordinating communications for the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party at the Democratic Convention of 1964 and for installing two-way radios in all of the SNCC cars in the state.
Archival Collections and Reference Resources
- Eyes on the Prize Interviews (Washington University in St. Louis University Libraries)
- Freedom summer digital collection (Wisconsin Historical Society)
- Belfrage--Diary and notes, 1964, June-August (Sally Belfrage papers, 1962-1966; Historical Society Library Microforms Room, Micro 599, Reel 1, Segment 4) (Diaries)
- CORE--Council of Federated Organizations (COFO) - Memoranda and reports, 1964-1965 (Congress of Racial Equality. Mississippi 4th Congressional District records, 1961-1966; Historical Society Library Microforms Room, Micro 793, Reel 2, Segment 19) (Minutes (administrative records))
- Hodes--William Hodes papers , 1964 (Archives Main Stacks, SC 3080) (Correspondence)