Watkins, Hollis

Hollis Watkins was born in Lincoln County, Mississippi, as the twelfth child of a sharecropping family. He became the first Mississippi student to join SNCC as a voting rights organizer at the age of nineteen. He is the co-founder and current president of Southern Echo, Inc., a “leadership development, education, training, and technical assistance organization dedicated to empowering local residents throughout Mississippi and the Southern region to make political, economic, educational, and environmental systems accountable to the needs and interests of the African-American community.