Conner, Douglas

Douglas Conner was a doctor and activist in Oktibbeha County. Conner was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi (Forrest County), in 1920. Following graduation from Howard University Medical School in 1950, Conner took a position with the Oktibbeha County Hospital in 1951 and worked there until 1989. While working in Starkville in Oktibbeha County, Conner was a leader in the local chapter of the NAACP and the Oktibbeha County Democratic Party. Conner also served on the Mississippi Democratic Party Executive Committee for a period.

During the 1960s, Conner led several marches and boycotts as part of the larger Civil Rights Movement and was jailed numerous times as a result. Conner also ran unsuccessfully for alderman, state senator, and state representative. He co-authored his autobiography, A Black Physician’s Story: Bringing Hope in Mississippi, with Professor John Marszalek.

Sources:

“A Black Physician’s Story: Bringing Hope in Mississippi.” Conner, Douglas L.

“Douglas L. Conner: A Biography.”Conner, Connie. Mississippi Writers and Musicians Project of Starkville High School. http://www.shs.starkville.k12.ms.us/mswm/MSWritersAndMusicians/writers/Conner.html