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Veterans of the Civil Rights Struggle in McComb, Mississippi
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Jan Nave Barnes Jan Nave Barnes NEW 2013
1963 Miss Mississippi, her family was run out of down after inviting civil rights workers into their home
Marion Barry Marion Barry
Born in Mississippi, his early SNCC organizing roots started in McComb - he later became mayor of Washington, DC
David Billings David Billings NEW 2013
A native of McComb, Rev. Billings' experience drove him to become a civil rights activist
Cross-school collaborative interview
Emogene Bryant Emogene Bryant
Wife of the late C.C. Bryant, she sat at the center of civil rights actions in McComb
Patsy Ruth Butler Patsy Ruth Butler
Born and raised in McComb, she witnessed and supported the student walkout at Burglund High School in 1961
Patsy Ruth Butler Lillie Mae Carstarphen
Participated in civil rights actions in McComb, Mississippi in the early 1960's voting rights drive
Tom Hayden Tom Hayden
Journalist and activist sent to McComb in 1961, pulled from car and beaten while covering the walkout at Burglund High School
James Jenkins James Jenkins
Among the first 4 African Americans to integrate North Pike High School in Pike County, MS in 1965
 
See interview with San Francisco attorney, Robert Rubin, in preparation for Urban School student interviews of civil rights veterans
Joe Lewis Joe Lewis
Senior at Burglund High School in 1961, his public inquiry during an all-school assembly became the spark that set off the walk-out
Joe Martin Joe Martin
Key leader of the 1961 student walkout at McComb's Burglund High School, he was arrested and jailed with other students
Jacqueline Martin Jacqueline Martin
Active in the 1961 student walkout at McComb's Burglund High School, she was arrested and jailed with other students
Bob Moses Robert (Bob) Moses
Considered by many to be the father of the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi, he was the lead SNCC organizer in McComb.
Curtis Muhammad Curtis Muhammad
Born near McComb, he became active with SNCC and was involved in the walkout at Burglund High School
Helen Robinson Helen Crossley Robinson
Born in Summit, MS in 1916, 3 of her 7 children attended Burglund High School during the walkout in 1961
Helen Robinson Brenda Travis
Sixteen year old jailed in 1961 for attempt to integrate McComb's bus terminal
Cross-school collaborative interview
Birdie Lee Walker Birdie Lee Walker
Born in Amite County, MS in 1918, she was among the first African Americans in the county to register to vote
 

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An Oral History Archives Project of McComb High School in McComb, Mississippi in collaboration with The Urban School of San Francisco, with support from the Kellogg Foundation via Teaching for Change.
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