Hudson, Dovie

Winson Hudson’s sister Dovie was also very active in the pursuit for civil rights. In 1963 Winson and Dovie collaborated efforts with the influential civil rights leader Medgar Evers to establish the Leake County chapter of the NAACP. One of Winson and Dovie’s greatest achievements in the fight for equality occurred in 1964 when they filed a lawsuit to desegregate Leake County schools. It was the first federal court suit to be brought up from rural Mississippi. White supremacists retaliated against the Hudson sister’s activity by using their influence over the area banks to foreclose on their homes. Winson invited the Farmers Housing Administration to survey the situation and then testified before the U.S. Civil Rights Commission.


Hudson, Winson, Constance Curry, and Derrick Bell. “Mississippi Harmony: Memoirs of a Freedom Fighter.”Macmillan: 2003.