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Oral history.; Interview conducted on June 5, 1999 with Victoria Gray Adams at the McCain Archives at the University of Southern Mississippi. Victoria Gray Adams was a prominent civil rights activist from Palmer's Crossing, Mississippi. She became known for her work in Hattiesburg and in constructing the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. Raised on a farm in the self-contained African American community of Palmer's Crossing, she strove to be self-sufficient. Through her work with the Citizenship Education Program, Gray Adams began to work with the Civil Rights Movement proper and was a pillar of the African American community in and around Hattiesburg.

05 June 1999

Oral history.; Interview conducted on September 7, 1996 with civil rights voting registration activist and Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) field secretary Lawrence Guyot (born 1939). He was also the chairman and delegate of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party to the 1964 Democratic Convention in Atlantic City but was incarcerated while picketing in Hattiesburg.

07 September 1996

Oral history.; Two interviews conducted on April 14, 1972 and January 25, 1973 with Mississippi civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer (1917-1977). Hamer was a leading figure in the MFDP. She is best known for her 1964 national television appearance in which she described the plight of black voters in Mississippi.

14 April 1972; 25 January 1973

Oral history.; Interview conducted on May 1, 1972 with Dr. Aaron Henry in his drugstore in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Henry was born on July 2, 1922 in Clarksdale, Mississippi. After serving in World War II, he went to Xavier College (now Xavier University) in New Orleans, Louisiana and earned his BS degree in politics and government and Pharmacy. Henry returned to Clarksdale and started his drugstore. During the civil rights movement, he was active in organizing the Coahoma County chapter of the NAACP. In 1959, Henry became president of the State Conference of the NAACP, a position that he held for more than twenty years. During the summer of 1964 he was named chairman of the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO), which was established as a joint effort of the Mississippi based units of NAACP, CORE, SCLC, and SNCC. In 1979, Henry won election to a four-year term in the Mississippi House of Representatives.

01 May 1972

From the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party Campaign Posters Collection. A poster featuring a picture of activist Aaron Henry, who is running for senate. The poster reads "Freedom Means Vote for Fannie Lou Hamer. Lyndon Johnson-President. Aaron Henry- Senate. Fannie Lou Hamer- Congress 2nd Dist. Hubert Humphrey- Vice-President. Annie Devine- Congress 4th Dist. Victoria Gray- Congress 5th Dist. Freedom Vote Oct. 31- Nov. 2 Regular Election Nov. 3"

circa 1960s

From the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party Campaign Posters Collection. A poster featuring a picture of activist Aaron Henry, who is running for senate. The poster reads "Freedom Means Vote for Aaron Henry. Lyndon Johnson-President. Aaron Henry- Senate. Fannie Lou Hamer- Congress 2nd Dist. Hubert Humphrey- Vice-President. Annie Devine- Congress 4th Dist. Victoria Gray- Congress 5th Dist. Freedom Vote Oct. 31- Nov. 2 Regular Election Nov. 3"

From the Ellin (Joseph and Nancy) Freedom Summer Collection; Press release by the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP), dated April 4, 1966, titled "Six Candidates File to Run in the State Democratic Party Primary." The statement announces the plans of the MFDP to run six candidates for Congress in the June 1966 election and gives a brief biography of the candidates. Those involved include: Rev. Clifton R. Whitley, Ralthus Hayes, Rev. Ed King, Rev. Clint Collier, and Lawrence Guyot.

4 April 1966

From the Zwerling (Matthew) Freedom Summer Collection. A four-page document that discusses detailed plans for the development of the party, the organizational structure, and its three major challenges: Freedom registration, Freedom candidates, and the Convention challenge. The outline ends with an explanation of the MFDP Challenge to the Democratic National Convention. (See also: Zeman (Zoya) Freedom Summer Collection, ID mus-zz020).

From the Zwerling (Matthew) Freedom Summer Collection. <br>Brochure distributed by the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO) in support of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP). Discusses the requirements for participation in the Democratic National Convention and lists the delegates chosen by the MFDP to attend the convention.

From the Zwerling (Matthew) Freedom Summer Collection. <br>Copy of a typewritten document distributed by the New York office of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Document outlines the status of various legislative proposals in Mississippi. Information about these proposals was taken primarily from Mississippi newspapers.

From the Adams (Victoria Gray) Papers. Brochure distributed by the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP) to raise funds for the party. Includes excerpts from a speech by Rev. W.G. Middleton of Batesville, Mississippi, and a poem by Jim Williams.

[1965]

From the Adams (Victoria Gray) Papers. <br>Brochure distributed by the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP). Describes the purpose and objectives of the party and encourages African Americans to participate in politics.

[1965]

From the Hazelton (Margaret J.) Freedom Summer Collection; One black-and-white photograph, taken by Rev. Frazer Thomason, at the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP) convention in Jackson, Mississippi. Bob Moses stands at the podium. Dr. Aaron Henry and an unidentified African-American woman are seated to his right.

1964

From the Miller (Michael J.) Civil Rights Collection. Draft, with editorial marks and instructions, of a speech or monologue by Robert Moses. Moses discusses many topics, including Mississippi civil rights activism in the early 1960s, current national politics, the Freedom Democratic Party and the Summer Project.

23 April 1964

From the Miller (Michael J.) Civil Rights Collection. Memo from COFO director Robert Moses to contacts and parents of students volunteering in Mississippi. Moses writes of the continuing potential for violence and describes steps taken by COFO to protect Freedom Summer workers.

27 June 1964

From the McCain (William D.) Pamphlet Collection; Colmer asserts the actions of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (U. S." and the Vietnam War protestors are inspired by the Communism.

16 February 1966

From the McCain (William D.) Pamphlet Collection; The pamplet stresses that only by a separate program of friendly cooperation between the races, with separateness in social life, can the races go forward in promoting the talents of races and can contribute to the welfare and happiness of both.

Undated

From the Miller (Michael J.) Civil Rights Collection. Transcript of remarks by Bob Moses at SNCC's fifth anniversary meeting, from The Movement; discusses what he sees as erroneous national perceptions of Southern white people and their problems.

April 1965

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