Grady Eddington: Grady Eddington was the president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in Alcorn County, Mississippi. The years of his leadership are unknown, but the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission mentions him as president in 1969. In the early 1960s, the NAACP was not very active and county officials believed that the organization had gone underground, but by 1969 the NAACP had experienced a revival.
Racial tensions ran high when an officer shot an African-American murder suspect named Robert Cummings on May 8, 1969. The officers claimed that Cummings swung at them with an ice pick and that they found evidence linking him to the murder. Eddington organized and led a meeting of about two hundred African Americans on the night of the murder. Rumors spread among the white community that trouble was possible and that Charles Evers intended to visit Corinth. On May 21, Eddington asked to meet with Chief Murray, but later postponed the meeting. No further reports have been found regarding Eddington.
“Sovereignty Commission Online: Alcorn County,” Mississippi Department of Archives and History, http://mdah.state.ms.us/arrec/digital_archives/sovcom/imagelisting.php?foldercheckbox%5b%5d=506%7c2%7c137%7c%7c0.