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    • Oral history with Thomas E. Simmons; 2003

    • Oral history.; Born on September 19, 1936, in Tallahassee, Florida, Thomas E. Simmons grew up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He attended school there until he was a senior in high school at which time he transferred to Marion Military Institute...
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    • Oral history with Paige Roberts

    • Oral history.; An interview conducted on February 22, 2007 with Paige Roberts, Director of Southeast Mississippi's Chapter of the Red Cross, who discusses the hurricane season of 2005, especially Hurricane Katrina's lingering devastation.
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    • Oral history with Eddie Williams

    • Oral history.; An interview conducted on January 4, 2006 with Eddie Williams, a member of the North Carolina Baptist Men, who describes his efforts with this volunteer organization on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
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    • Oral history with Judge Carter Bise

    • Oral history.; An interview conducted on June 21-22, 2007 with Carter Bise, Chancery Court Judge on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Judge Bise describes his experience in Gulfport during and after Hurricane Katrina.
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    • Oral history with John Hairston

    • Oral history.; An interview conducted on September 4, 2008 with John Hairston, Chief Executive Officer of Hancock Bank, Gulfport, Mississippi. Mr. Hairston discusses his family history, experience during Hurrican Katrina, and the economic impact...
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    • Oral history with Rev. Rick Brooks

    • Oral history; An interview conducted on February 21, 2008 with Rev. Rick Brooks, pastor at Main Street Methodist Church in Bay St. Louis, MS. Rev. Brooks describes Hurricane Katrina's destruction to his home and to the community; he also...
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    • Oral history with Mr. William Joel Blass

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted on March 26, 1977 with William Joel Blass (born 1917). As a lawyer in 1952, he successfully prosecuted the Boyce Holleman case by proving that voter fraud had kept Holleman from winning. Beginning in 1953, he...
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    • Oral history with Dr. Barry Clemson; 1995

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted on November 14, 1995 with Dr. Barry Clemson (born 1941). He attributes his interest in civil rights work in part to his membership in the Church of the Brethren, one of the "key civil rights churches." Clemson was...
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    • Oral history with John M. Perkins; 2003

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted on April 23, 2003 with John M. Perkins. Reverend John M. Perkins was born in New Hebron, in Lawrence County, Mississippi in June 1930. His family were sharecroppers. Perkins' grandmother had nineteen children; his...
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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...
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    • 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...
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    • Oral History with Willie Merrell; 2003

    • Oral history.; Willie Mae Merrell grew up in rural Liberty, Mississippi and moved to Gulfport in 1935 to complete high school at Thirty-third Avenue High School. After raising 14 children she returned to her education and graduated from the...
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    • Oral history with Robert P. Sugg; 2002

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted August 29, 2002. Robert P. Sugg was born in Eupora, Mississippi on February 21, 1916. He attended Mississippi State University and the Jackson School of Law, now the Mississippi College School of Law, and began...
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    • Oral history with Roy Noble Lee; 2003

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted June 4, 2003 with Roy Noble Lee. Roy Noble Lee was born on October 19, 1915, to Percy Mercer Lee and Hattie May (Nutt) Lee, the second of eight siblings. He was educated in the Forest Public Schools and was a...
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    • Oral history with William Joel Blass; 2002

    • Oral history.; Born in Clinton, Mississippi in 1917, both of William Joel Blass' parents were teachers and his father was also a Baptist minister. Blass attended East Mississippi Junior College and Pearl River Junior College. He earned his AB and...
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    • Oral history with Mr. Billy Joe McCain, Sr.

    • Oral history.; Mr. Billy Joe McCain, Sr., was born in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1936. When he was four years old, his parents divorced, and he returned with his mother to her parents' home in Grenada, Mississippi. He attended segregated schools,...
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    • Oral history with Judge Fred L. Banks

    • Oral history.; Interview conducted on March 5, 1998 with Judge Fred L. Banks, Jr. (born 1942). In the late 1960s, Judge Banks began his law career by serving for the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. He was elected three times to the House of...
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    • Oral history with Fred L. Banks, Jr.; 1998

    • Oral history.: Interview conducted with Judge Fred Banks, Jr. Fred Banks was born in Jackson, Mississippi on September 1, 1942. He graduated from Lanier High School in Jackson in 1960. He then attended Howard University where he received a...
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