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Oral history with Fred Winyard; 1995

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Oral history.; Interview conducted on October 21, 1995 with Fred Winyard. Mr. Fred Winyard was born in Calcutta, India, on June 14, 1944. His father, Frederick Winyard, is a British subject born in Hong Kong. His mother, Florence Lee Winyard, is Chinese and was born in Shanghai. Winyard spent his first ten years in Calcutta and Hong Kong. He earned a bachelor's degree from Reed College in Oregon and a master's degree in economics from Berkeley. He currently owns a company that develops computer software. He is married to Nora Moses, and the couple have a daughter, Sara. While at Reed College, Winyard was recruited by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee to work as a civil rights activist in Mississippi. His first assignment was in Holly Springs, where he volunteered to organize the huge quantities of books that had been donated through college book drives and oversee their packaging as self-contained libraries to be distributed throughout the state. Winyard began working in Clarksdale in late 1963 and continued through the beginning of Freedom Summer 1964, organizing Freedom Libraries, helping register voters, and lettering picket signs. During his time in Clarksdale, he lived in the home of Aaron Henry.

24 October 1995

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