Bailey, Samuel

Sam Bailey was a leader of the Progressive Voters’ League as early as 1956. A strong supporter of the NAACP, […]

Banks, Bobby

He was born September 21, 1952, in Grenada County, Mississippi. After graduating from high school, he took a job with […]

Barnes, Thelma

Thelma Barnes was an activist for the Delta Ministry throughout the 1960s and ’70s. Barnes was born in Issaquena County. […]

Barnett, Ross

Ross Barnett, who was the governor of Mississippi from 1960 to 1964 and vehemently opposed the integration of the University […]

Baskin, James

James Baskin was born in 1910 and served as Principal of Colored Schools during the Civil Rights Movement. He was […]

Bates, Fred

Mr. Fred Bates was very active in the McComb Movement, especially at the time of the 1961 black school student […]

Bates, Leonard

Leonard Bates was the brother-in-law of Daisy Bates, a civil rights activist and mentor to the nine students who integrated […]

Bates, Mrs. Gladys Noel

Mrs. Gladys Noel Bates was an eighth grade science teacher at Smith Robertson School in 1948 when she filed a […]

Bates, Ollie S.

Ollie S. Bates was the sister-in-law of Daisy Bates, a civil rights activist and mentor to the nine students who […]

Beam, Sally: Oral History

Sally Beam was a juror on the Grand Jury case against Edgar Ray Killen, the man responsible for the murders […]

Beckwith, Byron De La

Medgar Evers was killed on June 12, 1963, and in 1994, some thirty years later, Byron De La Beckwith was […]

Bender, Rita Schwerner

Rita Schwerner Bender was born in 1942 and is considered a key player and civil rights activist during the Freedom […]

Bennett, Izeal: Oral History

Izeal Bennett, a native of Mississippi, lived in a home with thirteen siblings, his mother, and his father. His father […]

Benson, John L.: Oral History

Mr. John L. Benson of Moselle tells the story of his family and his great-grandfather, Isom Benson, who donated land […]

Berry, James H.

In September of 1960, the MSSC sent investigator Tom Scarbrough to visit DeSoto County‚Äôs James H. Berry, a sixty-five year […]

Blackwell, Unita

Unita Blackwell was a field worker for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), a prominent member of the Mississippi Freedom […]

Boelens, Peter

Peter Boelens was an activist who, following graduation from medical school, moved to Cary, Mississippi, in Sharkey County and established […]

Bourne, William James

Candidate for Supervisor in Covington County following the Voter Registration Movement. Sources:

Bowen, Teresa

Teresa Bowen is currently a vice-president of People’s Bank (“People’s”) in Mendenhall, Miss. Bowen was the first African-American to be […]

Bowman, Sister Thea

Sister Thea Bowman (1937-1990) was born in Canton. She was a nationally and internationally known evangelist, teacher, gospel singer, writer, […]

Brady, Thomas Pickens

Thomas Pickens Brady, author of Black Monday, was educated in the public schools and graduated from Brookhaven High School in […]

Braun-Reinitz, Janet: Oral History

Mural artist Janet Braun-Reinitz participated in the Freedom Rides in 1961. She speaks about her involvement in the New York […]

Brooks, Eddie

Eddie Brooks was a SNCC field worker in Clay County in the mid-1960s. Source:

Brown, Frederick H.

Frederick H. Brown: Brown is from Ackerman, Mississippi, and graduated from Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi, in 1962. He […]

Bryant, C.C.

NAACP stalwart C.C. Bryant and his wife, Emogene, have lived in the same home for more than fifty years. Bryant’s […]

Bryant, Curtis Conway

Curtis Conway Bryant, known as C. C., was born in Tylertown, Mississippi, in 1917. Bryant was an active community member […]

Buffington, John

John Buffington was SNCC field worker in Clay County in the mid-1960s, served as chairman of the Clay County Community […]

Buffington, Terry

Terry Buffington was born in West Point, Mississippi, where she attended segregated schools.  As a young woman, she became involved […]

Burnett, Chester Arthur

West Point was the birthplace of blues musician “The Howlin’ Wolf,”or “Howlin’ Wolf,”Chester Arthur Burnett, (1910-1976). Burnett was born in […]