Alexander, Sidney

Sidney Alexander and his wife Fanny were natives of Sharkey County and rights activists. In addition to serving as an administrator for anti-poverty programs, Alexander was active in voter registration efforts and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party.

In 1967, Alexander was a co-plaintiff in the Willis v. Carson suit. Willis v. Carson challenged the state of Mississippi’s systematic measures designed to prevent women and African-Americans from serving on juries.

Sources:

“Lillie Willis and Sidney Alexander, Plaintiffs, v. Joe Carson et al., Defendants.”Accessed through LexisNexis on September 7, 2007.

“Sidney Alexander.”Ralph J. Bunche Oral History Collection. Howard University. http://www.founders.howard.edu/moorland-spingarn/civila-c.html

“Willis v. Carson.”Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute Archives: The Bancroft Library. University of California at Berkeley. http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/meiklejohn/meik-12_1/meik-12_1-4.html#515.2

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