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Document Details


Title: Aaron Henry
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: University of Southern Mississippi. Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage
Collection: Civil Rights Documentation Project
Description: 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.
Extent: 1 page
URL: http://anna.lib.usm.edu/%7Espcol/crda/oh/ohhenryap.html
Restrictions: The transcript is presented here for reference purposes only. Interviews in this collection are protected by copyright. PERMISSION TO PUBLISH MUST BE REQUESTED from the Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage.
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1972 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Henry, Aaron E., 1922-1997
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 2-Jul-1922
Speaker place of birth: Clarksdale, MS; Mississippi; United States; North America
Speaker race: Black
Speaker occupation: Civil rights worker; Military personnel; Pharmacist
Age at speaking: 50
Document location: Clarksdale, MS
Document date: 01-May-1972
Interviewer: McMillen, Neil
Organizations discussed: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Baltimore, MD; Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, US; White Citizens Council
Historical events discussed: Martin Luther King's March on Washington, DC, August 28, 1963; U.S. Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1965; U.S. Civil Rights Movement, 1966-
Locations discussed: Mississippi; North America; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: African Americans; Civil rights demonstrations; Civil rights movements--United States; Martin Luther King's March on Washington, DC, August 28, 1963; Mississippi; National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Baltimore, MD; North America; Oral history; Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, US; U.S. Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1965; U.S. Civil Rights Movement, 1966-; United States; White Citizens Council
Topics discussed - Other terms: Activism
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0023581-25099