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Document Details


Title: Thomas Knight
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: Two interviews conducted on February 7 and 21, 1992 with Mr. Thomas Knight Sr. at the University of Southern Mississippi. Knight was born on July 9, 1920 near Hattiesburg, Mississippi. In 1941, he began working at the Reliance Manufacturing Company in Hattiesburg. While working there he was instrumental in organizing Local Union No. 563 of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America. After he resigned his position as full-time representative of the union, Knight became an officer of the Hattiesburg Central Labor Council and was an active lobbyist of the Mississippi legislature. In 1957, he participated in negotiations to merge the Mississippi AFL and the Mississippi CIO. In 1960, he was elected to the full-time position of secretary-treasurer. He served in that position until 1986 when he was elected president of the Mississippi AFL-CIO.
Extent: 1 page
URL: http://anna.lib.usm.edu/%7Espcol/crda/oh/ohknighttp.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 1992 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Knight, Thomas, Sr., 1920-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 9-Jul-1920
Speaker place of birth: Mississippi; United States; North America
Speaker occupation: Labor union executive; Labor union organizer
Age at speaking: 72
Document date: 07-Feb-1992
Interviewer: Bolton, Charles
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: OHI0023594-25110