Object Type: Record
In Collection: Oral History Digital Collection
Oral history.; Interview conducted on December 14, 1972 with Mr. Percy Greene at his office in Jackson, Mississippi. Greene was born on September 7, 1897 in Jackson, Mississippi and died on April 16, 1977. He was very active in the civil rights movement in Mississippi. After serving in World War I, he returned to Jackson, Mississippi. In 1927, he organized the National Association of Negro War Veterans and by 1932 there were chapters in 8 states with 12,000 members. In 1939, he became founder, owner, publisher and editor of the Jackson Advocate newspaper in Jackson. Greene was pictured in Life magazine casting his vote after leading African Americans to the polls to vote in a Democratic primary election for the first time in the history of the state of Mississippi in 1964.