Clark, Gloria Xifaras

Gloria Xifaras Clark was a prominent advocate for civil rights in Benton, as well as Marshall, Tippah, and Union counties. She now resides in New Bedford, Massachussetts, but has vivid memories of the civil rights movement. In the early 1960s, she taught in the Benton County Freedom School during Freedom Summer, worked for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), helped organize the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, became an advisor for a youth chapter of the NAACP, conducted voter registration drives, taught literacy and black history, and organized and maintained the Freedom House Library.