Little, Jerome G.: Oral History

JEROME G. LITTLE was born in 1952 in Sumner, Mississippi. After serving in the Marine Corps from 1974 to 1977, he pushed for water rights for his family and community members of the Goose Pond subdivision in Webb. Mr. Little was a part of the “Magnificent Seven,” a group of black men who had to sue Tallahatchie County several times in order to hold political positions. The seven men held countywide boycotts of stores and schools in cooperation with the county and state NAACP. In 1994, Mr. Little and Bobby Banks became the first African Americans to serve on the County Board of Supervisors. In 1996 he was elected vice-president of the Board, and in 2000 he was elected President. In 2006 he helped form the Emmett Till Memorial Commission. Mr. Little passed away on December 13, 2011.

In his oral history interview, he talks about his life and his time in political offices.

Interview with Jerome Little, part 1 of 24:

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Part 1 of 24 of these videos can also be viewed here.