Newson, Mr. Johnny

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Interview with Mr. Johnny Newson

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General Topic of Interview: Politics and the Civil Rights Movement

Date: 31 October, 2008

Location: Clarkesdale, Mississippi, USA

Narrator: Mr. Johnny Newson

Interviewer:  Max Paschall

Transcriber: Unknown

Biographical Information:

Mr. Johnny Newson was born in Sardis, Mississippi.  He attended Delta State University, and eventually was elected as a Coahoma County Commissioner.

Interview Information:

Mr. Newson talks about segregation and racism.  He offers a perspective on the work of civil rights activist Dr. Aaron Henry, for whom he worked while a young man.  He discusses education, the role of religion in the civil rights movement and in Coahoma County today, as well as political relationships between civil rights activists, especially Fannie Lou Hamer and Aaron Henry.

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