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    • Finding aid for the Colmer (William M.) Papers.

    • Materials in this collection were donated by William M. Colmer: First accession-1970. Additional information online at:
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    • Oral history with Bennie Gooden; 1994

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted on March 15, 1994 with Bennie Gooden. As one of the founding members of the Southern Education Recreation Association (SERA), Mr. Gooden wrote the grant proposal to fund Coahoma County's first Head Start program...
    • Oral history with Constance D. Baker

    • Oral history.; Two interviews conducted on April 3, 1995 and June 8, 1995 with Constance Baker (born 1912). Mrs. Baker has spent her life working for civil rights and in teaching. She was involved in the Head Start program from its inception and...
    • Oral history with Dan M. Lee; 2003

    • Oral history.; Dan M. Lee was born in Petal, Mississippi, on April 19, 1926. He graduated from Petal High School in April 1944. Justice Lee served in the United States Naval Air Corps from April 1944 to June 1946. Lee attended pre-law at The...
    • Oral history with Jerry Clower; 1973

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted on July 12, 1973 with Mr. Jerry Clower at his office in Yazoo City, Mississippi. Howard Gerald Clower was born in 1926 at Route Four, Liberty, Mississippi. After graduating from high school, he joined the U.S....
    • Oral history with Ken Scudder; 2004

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted November 14, 2004 in San Francisco, California. Scudder was born July 20, 1941. He was a summer volunteer in Mississippi. He recalls his youth and his family's frequent moves as equipping him with an acute...
    • Oral history with Louise Kennedy; 2003

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted with Louise Kennedy. Mary Louise Kennedy was born to David Jefferson Lewis and Maudie Mae Kennedy in Magee, MS in May 1919. Her father worked for multiple oil companies, including Texaco and the Loreco Oil...
    • Oral history with Mayo Wilson; 1994

    • Oral history.; Mr. Mayo D. Wilson, a native of Cary, Mississippi, is a graduate of Tougaloo College and a veteran of the Korean War. Following a two-year service in the Army, Mr. Wilson returned to Mississippi where he taught math and science at...
    • Oral history with Mr. Andrew R. Carr; 1994

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted on March 14, 1994 with Mr. Andrew R. Carr. Carr was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi. He attended the Naval Academy during World War II, and then enlisted in the Navy. After twelve years in the Navy, Carr...
    • Oral history with Mr. Fred Clark, Sr.; 1994

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted on June 10, 1994 with Fred Clark Sr. (born 1943). Mr. Clark grew up in the segregated society of Jackson, Mississippi. He was educated in Jackson, attending Smith Robertson Elementary School, Rowan Junior High,...
    • Oral history with Mr. Troy Catchings Jr.; 1994

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted on March 15, 1994 with Troy Catchings, Jr. (born 1942). In 1966, he began working with Coahoma Opportunities, Inc. (COI), an antipoverty agency that serves the African-American and poor white communities of...
    • Oral history with Mr. W.S. Griffin

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted on July 19, 1978 with Mr. W.S. Griffin at his home in Jackson, Mississippi. Griffin was born on October 15, 1913 near Mantee, Mississippi, in Webster County. In 1936, he accepted a position as a teacher and coach...
    • Oral history with Mr. William J. Simmons

    • Oral history.; 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...
    • Oral history with Mrs. Ann Spivey Bishop Ruscoe

    • Oral history.; Ann Spivey Bishop Ruscoe was born in 1923 in Cleveland, Mississippi. She was graduated from Cleveland High School in 1941. She was Salutatorian, OAR Good Citizenship Girl, and won the Senior Award. After attending Delta State...
    • Oral history with Mrs. Vernon Keys; 1994

    • Oral history.; Ms. Vernon J. Keys was born in 1926. She graduated from Coahoma County Agricultural High School in Clarksdale and received a bachelor's degree in sociology from J.P. Campbell College, Jackson, Mississippi. Ms. Keys also studied at...
    • Oral history with Ms. Margaret Lumpkin Martin

    • Oral history.; Ms. Margaret Lumpkin Martin was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, on February 16, 1910. In 1928 she graduated from Tupelo High School and began a forty-six year career at Citizens State Bank in Tupelo. In 1932, Ms. Martin was working at...
    • Oral history with the Honorable Frank Barber

    • Oral history.; The Honorable Frank D. Barber was born on April 2, 1929, in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Barber attended the University of Mississippi for a year before volunteering for the U.S. Army which involved National Guard work in the U.S. and...
    • Oral history with the Honorable Harvey Ross

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted on December 1, 1994 with Judge Harvey T. Ross (born 1920). In the mid-1960s, Judge Ross was active in laying the groundwork for Coahoma Opportunities, Inc. (COI), a community action agency designed to improve the...


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