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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): 21 to 40 of 93
PreviewIssue DateTitleAuthor(s)
william norris jr.PNG.jpg2004-06-24William Norris Jr., Sheriff of Shelby County, 2004Norris, William N., Jr.; Gritter, Elizabeth
samuel bill kyles.PNG.jpg1982-10-09Rev. Samuel Billy Kyles, People United to Save Humanity (PUSH), 1982Kyles, Samuel Billy; Faist, Thomas
ht lockard 20040729.PNG.jpg2004-07-29H.T. Lockard, Memphis Democratic Party, 2004Lockard, Hosea T. (H.T.); Gritter, Elizabeth
warren lewis.PNG.jpg1983-10-04Warren Lewis, head of the Black Knights, 1983Lewis, Warren; Faist, Thomas
henry loeb jr.PNG.jpg2004-06-21Henry Loeb Jr., son of Memphis Mayor, 2004Loeb, Henry G., Jr.; Gritter, Elizabeth
ht lockard.PNG.jpg2000-10-01H.T. Lockard, President of the Memphis NAACP, 2000Lockard, Hosea T. (H.T.); Gritter, Elizabeth
hunter lane jr.PNG.jpg2004-06-15Hunter Lane Jr., Public Works Commissioner and City Councilman, June 2004Lane, James Hunter, Jr.; Gritter, Elizabeth
paul tudor jones.PNG.jpg1982-05-06Paul Tudor Jones, Urban League, 1982Jones, Paul Tudor; Faist, Thomas
james jordan.PNG.jpg1982-09-04Rev. James Jordan, Beale Street Baptist Church, 1982Jordan, James A.; Faist, Thomas
william johnson.PNG.jpg1982-02-22William Johnson, President of Memphis NAACP, 1982Johnson, William; Faist, Thomas
hunter lane jr 20040714.PNG.jpg2004-07-14Hunter Lane Jr., Public Works Commissioner and City Councilman, July 2004Lane, James Hunter, Jr.; Gritter, Elizabeth
samuel hollis.PNG.jpg2004-06-14Samuel Hollis, General Executive Assistant to Mayor Edmund Orgill, 2004Hollis, Samuel B.; Gritter, Elizabeth
john fisher.PNG.jpg2004-06-16John Fisher, Civil Rights activist, 2004Fisher, John T.; Gritter, Elizabeth
roscoe dixon.PNG.jpg1982-03-03Roscoe Dixon, Operation Push, 1982Dixon, Roscoe; Faist, Thomas
jimmie wall farris.PNG.jpg2004-06-16Jimmie Wall Farris, Memphis politician, 2004Farris, Jimmie W.; Gritter, Elizabeth
bill farris.PNG.jpg1982-05-14Bill Farris, City Commissioner, 1982Farris, William (Bill); Faist, Thomas
lewis donelson.PNG.jpg2004-06-25Lewis Donelson, native Memphian and lawyer, 2004Donelson, Lewis R., III, 1917-2018; Gritter, Elizabeth
charles dickens.PNG.jpg1982-04-05Charles Dinkins, 1982Dinkins, Charles L.; Faist, Thomas
fred davis.PNG.jpg2000-10-11Fred Davis, Shelby Country Democratic Club, 2000Davis, Fred; Gritter, Elizabeth
lucius burch.PNG.jpg1982-05-11Lucius Burch, Memphis attorney, 1982Burch, Lucius E., Jr., 1912-1996; Faist, Thomas
Collection's Items (Sorted by Submit Date in Descending order): 21 to 40 of 93

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