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M345 Adams (Victoria Gray) Papers

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From the Adams (Victoria Gray) Papers. <br>News release by Congressman Charles McC. Mathias, Jr., announcing his support for the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Expresses his belief that the bill is necessary to protect voting rights and abolish the poll tax.

From the Adams (Victoria Gray) Papers. <br>Proposed agenda and schedule of events for the executive sessions of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, January 28-29, 1967.

From the Adams (Victoria Gray) Papers. <br>Document prepared by the National Committee for Free Elections in Mississippi (NCFEM) for the Democratic National Convention of 1967 as part of an effort to gain support for voter registration drives in Mississippi. Original documents are torn and only partially readable.

From the Adams (Victoria Gray) Papers. <br>Document prepared to raise funds for the National Committee for Free Elections in Sunflower. Sunflower is described as a town in Mississippi. Discusses the challenges faced by African Americans who attempt to register and vote in Sunflower County, Mississippi, and mentions the negative influence of Senator James O. Eastland on the progress of voter registration among African Americans.

From the Adams (Victoria Gray) Papers. <br>Statement to Attorney General Ramsey Clark compiled by the National Committee for Free Elections in Sunflower (NCFES) and delivered by a delegation led by Congressman William F. Ryan and Bayard Rustin. Urges Clark to send voting officials and observers to Sunflower County, Mississippi, for the May 2, 1967, elections. Highlights challenges and fears faced by potential African American voters in Mississippi. NCFES contact persons listed are Sandra Nystrom and Eleanor Holmes Norton.

From the Adams (Victoria Gray) Papers. <br>Report of voter registration information for various locations in Mississippi. Information is divided by county, volunteer center, area, and "new centers."

From the Adams (Victoria Gray) Papers. <br>List of board members of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), dated 1967-1968. The list of 53 names is divided into two groups: Officers and Members.

From the Adams (Victoria Gray) Papers. <br>Minutes of a National Conference for New Politics board meeting, November 12-13, 1966. Topics include fundraising plans, the National Convention, and the Publications and Speakers Bureau. Also includes reports from various committees, projects, and members, including Victoria Jackson Gray (Adams), Tom Armstrong, Joy Fenston, Lawrence Guyot, Margaret Rigg, and Ben Smith.

From the Adams (Victoria Gray) Papers. <br>Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP) newsletter that describes the platforms and principles of the MFDP. Includes information on Mississippians United to Elect Negro Candidates as well as the Lawyers Constitutional Defense Committee.

From the Adams (Victoria Gray) Papers. <br>Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP) newsletter that describes issues of interest, including the strike of the International Wood Workers of America against the Masonite Corporation in Laurel and recent bombings in Mississippi. Also covers the outcome of recent elections throughout the state, including the election of Robert Clark as a state representative from Holmes County.

From the Adams (Victoria Gray) Papers. <br>Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP) newsletter that describes racial discrimination against two African American Alcorn College students which led to an out-break of racial violence. Includes a special insert about Charles Evers' campaign for the U.S. Congress. Provides updates about MFDP actions in Mississippi and information about discrimination in the educational system and school desegregation.

From the Adams (Victoria Gray) Papers. <br>Test designed by the Citizenship Education Program of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). Consists of information about the United States government and constitution.

From the Adams (Victoria Gray) Papers. <br>Article reprinted from Soul Force, the journal of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), dated March 31, 1968. Discusses the foundation of SCLC, led by Martin Luther King, Jr. The article includes a description of the history and staff of the SCLC, affiliated chapters, the Citizenship Education Program, Operation Breadbasket, voter registration, nonviolent education and urban leadership training.

From the Adams (Victoria Gray) Papers. <br>Decision of the United States Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit, in the case of Fannie Lou Hamer, et all., vs. Cecil C. Campbell, et al., handed down on March 11, 1966. The Court ruled to postpone the upcoming election of municipal officials in Sunflower County, Mississippi, on the grounds that some citizens of that county were denied the right to register to vote because of racial discrimination.

From the Adams (Victoria Gray) Papers. Promotional flyer distributed by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) to advertise the Poor People's Campaign to be held in Washington, D.C., Spring 1968. The gathering in Washington was to focus on civil rights and the rights of all to have good jobs, income, and decent life.

From the Adams (Victoria Gray) Papers. <br>Application form for a training session at the Dorchester Community Center in McIntosh, Georgia, for teachers to participate in the Citizenship Education Program of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC).

From the Adams (Victoria Gray) Papers. <br>Constitution and by-laws of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). Printed in Atlanta, Georgia, the pamphlet consists of a preamble and seven articles that govern the proceedings of the SCLC. Also includes personal notes written by hand.

From the Adams (Victoria Gray) Papers. <br>Chronological outline of the involvement of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in the civil rights movement from 1955-1968.

From the Adams (Victoria Gray) Papers. <br>Report dated May 7 from a Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) workshop held in Sunflower, Mississippi, led by Victoria Jackson Gray (Adams). Lists those in attendance and the issues and concerns that were discussed during the workshop, including attendees' concerns about voting and political representation for African Americans in Sunflower County, Mississippi.

From the Adams (Victoria Gray) Papers. Pamphlet that describes the purpose of the Poor People's Campaign of 1968. A project of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), this campaign was part of an effort to end poverty in America through nonviolent demonstrations.

From the Adams (Victoria Gray) Papers. <br>Proposed plan of action for Mississippians who will take part in the Poor People's Campaign in Washington, D.C., in the spring of 1968. The Poor People's Campaign was sponsored and organized by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in an effort to gain economic assistance and support for the poor in America.

From the Adams (Victoria Gray) Papers. <br>Details of a March 26, 1968, meeting for the staff of the Poor People's Campaign, including the names of those in attendance, minutes of the meeting, and the strategy for march planned during April for Washington, D.C. and other cities in the South. The Poor People's Campaign was sponsored and organized by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to gain economic assistance and support for the poor in America.

From the Adams (Victoria Gray) Papers. <br>Press release by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) regarding the comments of Senator James O. Eastland of Mississippi to the press about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the upcoming SCLC convention to be held in Jackson, Mississippi. The statement suggests that Senator Eastland's comments will invoke violence, intimidation, and harassment by officials and citizens there. Jackson is compared to cities such as Atlanta and Birmingham where past SCLC conventions were held. According to this statement, senators in those states made no negative comments regarding the conventions.

From the Adams (Victoria Gray) Papers. <br>Discusses the philosophy of nonviolence and the tactic of nonviolent resistance. The paper profiles three nonviolent resisters: Jesus Christ, Mohandas (Mahatma) K. Gandhi, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

From the Adams (Victoria Gray) Papers. <br>Discusses the history and mission of the Citizenship Education Program, an organization of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), founded in South Carolina by Septima P. Clark and Esau Jenkins. Goals included helping people to gain economic and social power by implementing educational programs in the community. The director of the program was Dorothy Cotton.

From the Adams (Victoria Gray) Papers. <br>Typewritten letter from Ray E. Robinson, pastor of the Methodist Church in Lodi, Wisconsin. The letter is based on a sermon dated June 16, 1963, and discusses the murder of Medgar Evers and the church's reactions toward his death.

From the Adams (Victoria Gray) Papers. <br>Typewritten letter from Anne Braden to Victoria Jackson Gray (Adams), dated April 7, 1966, in which Braden requests permission to nominate Gray to the board of directors of the Southern Conference Educational Fund (SCEF). Includes lists of members of the board of directors, advisory committee, and medical committee.

From the Adams (Victoria Gray) Papers. <br>Typewritten letter from Carl Braden to Victoria Jackson Gray (Adams), dated April 19, 1966, informing Gray that she was elected to the board of directors of the Southern Conference Educational Fund (SCEF). A list of board members is included.

From the Adams (Victoria Gray) Papers. Memo from the Southern Conference Educational Fund (SCEF). Notifies interested parties of the May 13 trial of H. Rap Brown, chair of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, in New Orleans on a weapons charge. The memo calls for action against the federal weapons law, which prohibits an indicted person from carrying a gun. Brown later change hiis name to Jamil Al-Amin).

From the Adams (Victoria Gray) Papers. Analysis of Senate bill 2988, the Internal Security Act of 1968, introduced to the Senate by Senator James Eastland. Thomas I. Emerson, professor at Yale University, deciphers the bill and its effects on all Americans, but especially on civil rights organizations. According to Emerson, the bill was designed to overrule Supreme Court decisions dealing with internal security made during the previous 15 years.

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