Description: Oral history.; Interview conducted on May 1, 1972 with Dr. Aaron Henry in his drugstore in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Henry was born on July 2, 1922 in Clarksdale, Mississippi. After serving in World War II, he went to Xavier College (now Xavier University) in New Orleans, Louisiana and earned his BS degree in politics and government and Pharmacy. Henry returned to Clarksdale and started his drugstore. During the civil rights movement, he was active in organizing the Coahoma County chapter of the NAACP. In 1959, Henry became president of the State Conference of the NAACP, a position that he held for more than twenty years. During the summer of 1964 he was named chairman of the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO), which was established as a joint effort of the Mississippi based units of NAACP, CORE, SCLC, and SNCC. In 1979, Henry won election to a four-year term in the Mississippi House of Representatives.
Creator: Burson, George S.; Henry, Aaron, 1922-1997.; McMillen, Neil R., 1939-
Date: 01 May 1972
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