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Document Details


Title: William J. Simmons
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 June 26, 1979 with Mr. William J. Simmons at his office in Jackson, Mississippi. Simmons was born in 1916 in Utica, Mississippi. He attended Millsaps College and Mississippi College, graduating from the latter in 1937. After serving in World War II, Simmons returned to Jackson, Mississippi and became active in organizing the Jackson Citizens' Council. He devoted his full-time service to the Citizens' Council movement. Simmons functioned as editor and publisher of The Citizen, Administrator of Citizens' Councils of America, and President of Citizens' Council Forum. As a Citizens' Council representative, he appeared on local and network television and spoke before audiences throughout the United States. Simmons published "Race in America: The Conservative Stand" in The Search For America.
Extent: 1 page
URL: http://anna.lib.usm.edu/%7Espcol/crda/oh/ohsimmonswp.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 1979 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Simmons, William J., 1916-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 1916
Speaker place of birth: Utica, MS; Mississippi; United States; North America
Speaker race: White
Speaker occupation: Editor
Age at speaking: 63
Document date: 26-Jun-1979
Interviewer: Caudill, Orley B.
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: OHI0023639-25158