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Author: Aaron Henry, interviewee.; Robert Penn Warren; University of Kentucky Center for Oral History Research.
Series: Robert Penn Warren Civil Rights Oral History Project.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on Cassette : Cassette recording : English
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Aaron Henry became interested in civil rights early in life. He describes his first experience with segregation as a child and becoming a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in high school. Henry mentions that he also experienced racial bigotry while serving in the military. He describes organizing his local branch of the NAACP and his close friendship with Medgar Evers.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Interviews
Named Person: Aaron Henry; Martin Luther King, Jr.; Medgar Evers
Material Type: Audio book, etc., Internet resource
Document Type: Sound Recording, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Aaron Henry, interviewee.; Robert Penn Warren; University of Kentucky Center for Oral History Research.
OCLC Number: 63199932
Notes: Interview conducted by Robert Penn Warren on February 10, 1964.
Collection includes rough draft of a manuscript by Robert Penn Warren about the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) Summer Project in Mississippi with editing notes by Aaron Henry.
Description: 2 audiocassettes (117 min.) + 1 transcript (55 pages ; 28 cm) + 1 draft manuscript (8 pages ; 28 cm).
Series Title: Robert Penn Warren Civil Rights Oral History Project.
Responsibility: Aaron Henry ; interviewed by Robert Penn Warren.
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Aaron Henry became interested in civil rights early in life. He describes his first experience with segregation as a child and becoming a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in high school. Henry mentions that he also experienced racial bigotry while serving in the military. He describes organizing his local branch of the NAACP and his close friendship with Medgar Evers. He discusses threats against his life and the important role his family plays in keeping him active in the civil rights movement. Aaron Henry recruited volunteer guards to stand watch at his home after the murder of Medgar Evers and he describes the problems that this has caused him with local police. Henry explains that he feels that the racial problems of the South have prevented new employment opportunities in Mississippi. Henry also provides his views on the philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the lack of involvement of the Jewish community in Mississippi with the civil rights movement.

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