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The Everett R. Cook Collection includes interviews conducted from 1979-2004 as part of the Everett R. Cook Oral History Collection on Civil Rights, made available through a partnership with the Memphis Public Library. The interviews describe the Vollintine-Evergreen neighborhood and surrounding areas, civil rights work in Memphis, and the Mid-Memphis Improvement Association (MMIA). Interviewees discuss their personal experiences with different civil rights groups, such as the NAACP, as well as working with notable civil rights figures for civil rights advancement in Memphis.

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Collection's Items (Sorted by Submit Date in Descending order): 1 to 20 of 93
PreviewIssue DateTitleAuthor(s)
ronald walter.PNG.jpg1983-09-19Ronald Walter, Chief Administrative Assistant to congressman Harold Ford, 1983Walter, Ronald; Faist, Thomas
lilie wheeler.PNG.jpg2004-06-28Lillie Wheeler, democratic campaign worker, 2004Wheeler, Lillie Jones; Gritter, Elizabeth
james wax.PNG.jpg1983-09-20Rabbi James Wax, Civil Rights leader, 1983Wax, James A. (James Aaron), 1912-1989; Faist, Thomas
helen wax.PNG.jpg2004-06-17Helen Wax, Fund for Needy Children, 2004Wax, Helen G.; Gritter, Elizabeth
russell sugarmon jr.PNG.jpg2000-10-13Russell Sugarmon Jr., Memphis lawyer and judge, 2000Sugarmon, Russell B., Jr. 1929-; Gritter, Elizabeth
vasco smith.PNG.jpg2000-10-09Vasco Smith, Shelby County Commissioner, 2000Smith, Vasco A.; Gritter, Elizabeth
vasco smith 20040712.PNG.jpg2004-07-12Vasco Smith, Shelby County Commissioner, 2004Smith, Vasco A.; Gritter, Elizabeth
henry l starks.PNG.jpg1983-09-05Rev. Henry L. Starks, 1983Starks, Henry L.; Faist, Thomas
russel sugarmon jr 20040730.PNG.jpg2004-07-30Russel Sugarmon Jr., Memphis lawyer and judge, July 2004Sugarmon, Russell B., Jr. 1929-; Gritter, Elizabeth
russel sugarmon jr 20040619.PNG.jpg2004-06-19Russell Sugarmon Jr., Memphis lawyer and judge, June 2004Sugarmon, Russell B., Jr. 1929-; Gritter, Elizabeth
thomas sisson.PNG.jpg2004-06-22Thomas Sisson, Public Works Commissioner, 2004Sisson, Thomas E. (Pete); Gritter, Elizabeth
coby smith.PNG.jpg1983-09-19Coby Smith, Invader and Southwestern alum, 1983Smith, Coby V.; Faist, Thomas
maxine smith 20001009.PNG.jpg2000-10-09Maxine Smith, Executive Secretary of the Memphis NAACP, 2000Smith, Maxine; Gritter, Elizabeth
maxine smith.PNG.jpg1982-03-13Maxine Smith, Executive Secretary of the Memphis NAACP, 1982Smith, Maxine; Faist, Thomas
anne shafer.PNG.jpg2004-06-24Anne Shafer, Head of the League of Women Voters, 2004Shafer, Anne Whalen; Gritter, Elizabeth
maxine smith 20040726.PNG.jpg2004-07-26Maxine Smith, Executive Secretary of the Memphis NAACP, 2004Smith, Maxine; Gritter, Elizabeth
charlie peete jr.PNG.jpg2004-06-22Charlie Peete Jr., Memphis Dutch Treat Luncheon, 2004Peete, Charles S. (Charlie); Gritter, Elizabeth
johnnie mae peters.PNG.jpg2004-06-29Johnnie Mae Peters, Civil Rights activist, 2004Peters, Johnnie Mae; Gritter, Elizabeth
thomas prewitt sr.PNG.jpg2004-06-18Thomas Prewitt Sr., Tennessee attorney, 2004Prewitt, Thomas R., Sr.; Gritter, Elizabeth
downing pryor.PNG.jpg1982-05-04Downing Pryor, first President of the City Council, 1982Pryor, Downing; Faist, Thomas
Collection's Items (Sorted by Submit Date in Descending order): 1 to 20 of 93

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