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Oral history.; Interview conducted April 25, 2007 with Jack Jackson at his home in West Point, Mississippi. Jackson was born in 1923. He discusses growing up under segregated conditions in West Point. He further discusses joining the military in 1941 and returning to continue his education. Describes economic exploitation of African Americans and his path to becoming involved in civil rights activism. Mentions Medgar Evers, Bob Moses, and John Buffington as important contacts.

25 April 2007

Oral history.; Interview conducted with Vermell Tart Jackson and Vermester Bester on October 18, 2012 in Jackson's home. Jackson was born March 23, 1928 in Tatum Quarters, Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Jackson discusses living in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, during the Civil Rights Movement. She describes racism, the lack of opportunities, civil rights leaders, and voter registration. Vermester Jackson Bester, the eldest daughter of the Jackson family, was one of the first black students to attend William Carey College (now William Carey University) in 1965.

18 October 2012

Oral history.; Charles C. Jacobs Jr. was born in Greenville, Mississippi, on January 13, 1921. Mr. Jacobs attended the University of Mississippi and returned to its law school after serving as a Marine during World War II. During his career, he was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Mississippi, the U.S. District Courts, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. He has been active in the local community and later served as a member of the Mississippi Legislature. Beginning in 1976, Mr. Jacobs served as a member of the Board of Trustees, Institutions of Higher Learning for the State of Mississippi which service was for a twelve-year term ending in 1988. He was the president of the College Board in the year 1985. Mr. Jacobs retired from his law practice in 1999 after over fifty years of service, and since his retirement, he has served as a member of the Foundation Board for Mississippi Delta Community College.

23 September 1999

Oral history.; Interview conducted on November 3, 2000. Reverend J. Q. C. "Alphabet" James was a Methodist minister and civil rights leader in Ripley, Tippah County, Mississippi from 1962 to 1968. Born in Jasper County, Mississippi, Reverend James was a graduate of Rust College and pastored churches in Grenada, Ripley, Columbus, and Greenwood. As pastor of St. Paul's Church in Ripley, James was a leader in the integration of the local hospital, schools, and restaurants. He also facilitated NAACP and civil rights movement meetings in Ripley, and he was also present at the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party meeting at Antioch Baptist Church in Blue Mountain the night before it was burned.

03 November 2000

Oral history.; An interview conducted on December 6, 2007 with Kathryn Anne "Sally" James. A lifelong Pass Christian resident, Ms. James describes the impact of Hurricane Katrina on her family and the city of Pass Christian, Mississippi.


Oral history.; Discusses youth, racial attitudes, and teaching African American and white children as a substitute teacher. Also discusses life during the Great Depression, and rationing during World War II. Talks about the various employment she held, both before and after her husband's stroke.

20 November 1994

Oral history.; Interview conducted on June 24, 2006 with Ronny James. Ronny James is the son of a Mississippi lawyer in the Delta. His mother was a member of Women for Constitutional Government, a conservative organization which opposed the Civil Rights Movement and integration. James' family opposed integration on the grounds that it was interference on the part of the federal government into state decisions. James attended The University of Mississippi during the early 1960s when James Meredith applied for admission. His family was on good terms with Edwin Walker.

24 June 2006

Oral history.; Reverend Robert James Jamison was born on May 28, 1936, and lived in both St. Louis, Missouri, and the community of Shake Rag in Tupelo, Mississippi. Reverend Jamison earned money in high school from carpentry and upon graduation, he married. He attended Mississippi Industrial College in Holly Springs, Mississippi, on an athletic scholarship. After graduating he taught school and then attended several universities to attain advanced degrees including a Master of Divinity degree from Memphis Theological Seminary in Memphis, Tennessee. When he returned to Mississippi, Reverend Jamison became a Head Start director with Lift, Incorporated, and eventually became the first African American to run for alderman of Ward Four. Additionally, he worked to establish the NAACP in Tupelo. Later, he became the assistant vice president of the regional Community Action Agency.

03 November 1999

Oral history.; Interview conducted on October 29, 2000. Howard Jeffries was born in Holly Springs, Mississippi on January 16, 1943. Jeffries was active with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Initially, attending nightly meetings at the Freedom House in Holly Springs, Mr. Jeffries eventually participated in voter registration and school integration drives and other civil rights events including the March on Washington, the James Meredith March, and events that occurred during the Selma to Montgomery marches. While he was unharmed during the marches, Mr. Jeffries experienced an aggressive confrontation with a police officer in Senatobia, Mississippi. Other experiences with SNCC include work at field offices in Mississippi, and Alabama, and the print shop in Atlanta, Georgia. After SNCC disbanded, Jeffries relocated to Memphis, Tennessee.

29 October 2000

Oral history.; Interview conducted November 11, 2004 in Berkeley, California. Don Jelinek was born in 1934 in New York City. In 1958 he joined the Army and was stationed in Columbia, South Carolina where he first witnessed segregation. After attending law school, Jelinek traveled to Mississippi in 1965 as a part of the ACLU's efforts in the state. He also discusses other civil rights related work he conducted in northern Mississippi.

11 November 2004

Oral history.; An interview with Arneshia Jenkins conducted on October 31, 2006. An eighth grader in Biloxi, Mississippi when Hurricane Katrina hit, Jenkins describes her experiences during and after the storm.


Oral history.; Interview conducted January 17, 2000 in Lexington, Mississippi. She discusses growing up in Sardis, Mississippi, in Panola County. She discusses how she came to be involved in civil rights activism, voter registration, Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, and police brutality.

17 January 2000

Oral history.; Jimmie Jenkins was born in 1937, in DeRidder, Louisiana, and his family moved to the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 1941. In 1954, he graduated from Turkey Creek High School. After serving three years in the United States Army, Mr. Jenkins held several jobs, as he had done throughout his school years. He worked for Anchor Glass from which he retired after thirty years. Mr. Jenkins has held several civic leadership positions. He is active in various churches and professional organizations as well.

02 April 2003

Oral history.; Interview conducted April 24, 2010 in Biloxi, Mississippi. Clemon Perry Jimerson Jr. was born in Biloxi, Mississippi and attended Biloxi High School from 1992-1996. His father, Clemon Perry Jimerson Sr., often told him about his experience at the Biloxi Beach Wade-Ins. Jimerson describes his father's experiences participating in the Biloxi Beach Wade-Ins and general thoughts on civil rights activism.

24 April 2010

Oral history.; Interview conducted on April 24, 2010 with Clemon P. Jimerson, Sr. in Biloxi, Mississippi. Jimerson describes growing up in Biloxi, how he came to be involved with the Biloxi Beach Wade-Ins, his personal relationship with Dr. Gilbert Mason, and his continuing involvement in the civil rights struggle as an educator. Note: The interview date (August 24, 2010) on the transcript is incorrect.

24 April 2010

Oral history.; An interview conducted on June 1, 2007 with Dr. Ethelyn Patricia ""Pat"" Joachim. Associate Provost for the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, Dr. Joachim describes the impact of Hurricane Katrina on her own home as well as the University's Gulf Coast Campus.


Oral history.; Born in 1918, in Shuqualak, Mississippi, Annie M. Johnson and her family fled under threat of racist violence and settled in Gulfport. In 1936, Mrs. Johnson graduated from Thirty-third Avenue High School; in 1940 she graduated from Tougaloo College with a Bachelor of Science degree. She pursued postgraduate work at Oklahoma State University and at The University of Southern Mississippi. She began a teaching career which spanned 40 years. She has received numerous honors and awards, and was the first black woman on the Picayune School District Board, where she served for five years.

16 June 2003

Oral history.; Interview conducted on August 26, 1975 with Mr. Charles Johnson at his home in Jackson, Mississippi. Johnson was born in 1911 in Amory, Mississippi. After receiving a degree in Science from Mississippi State University, he began his long career in education. Johnson was a science teacher until in 1951 when he accepted the position of school superintendent of the Starkville Public Schools. In 1965, he was selected to be the Executive Secretary of the Mississippi Education Association (MEA). He served this association for ten years and during that time MEA's membership increased fifteen thousand and an improved organizational structure was developed. Johnson has been the recipient of many awards and honors. They include Life Membership from the PTA, Life Membership from the MEA, Phi Delta Kappa, Governor's Citation, and a Concurrent Resolution of Commendation by the Mississippi House and Senate.

26 August 1975

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