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.
“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