Wright, Marion A. (Marion Allan), 1894-1983
Marion A. Wright was born on January 18, 1894 in Johnson, South Carolina. After teaching in public schools in North Carolina, Wright returned to South Carolina and earned a law degree from the University of South Carolina. Wright championed social justice and civil rights in the South and served multiple terms as both president and vice president of the Southern Regional Council. In 1961, he endorsed a petition requesting executive clemency from President Kennedy for imprisoned civil rights activist, Carl Braden. Later, in 1967, Wright founded North Carolinians Against Death the Penalty. He died on February 14, 1983 in Crossnore, North Carolina.
Archival Collections and Reference Resources
- Oral Histories of the American South: The Civil Rights Movement (Documenting the American South (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill))
- Series 2515 : Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission Records Online, 1994-2006, Photographs (Mississippi Department of Archives and History)