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Women and the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1965$
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Davis W. Houck and David E. Dixon

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781604731071

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604731071.001.0001

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Barbara Posey

Barbara Posey

June 24, 1960, 51st Annual Naacp Convention, Minneapolis, Minnesota

(p.118) Barbara Posey
Women and the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1965

Davis W. Houck

David E. Dixon

University Press of Mississippi

Born on June 23, 1943, Barbara Posey organized what was believed to be the earliest student-led sit-in in history as president of the local NAACP Youth Council in Oklahoma City. On June 24, 1960, Posey addressed the 51st Annual NAACP Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This chapter includes Posey’s speech, in which she talked about segregation and discrimination and compared President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s perceived gradualism with the views of the NAACP stalwarts such as Thurgood Marshall, Roy Wilkins, and Charles Darden. She also praised Crispus Attucks and NAACP president Kivie Kaplan and commented on Oklahoma Governor J. Howard Edmonson’s $10,000-commitment to a cause empowered by student sit-ins.

Keywords:   speech, Barbara Posey, Oklahoma, segregation, discrimination, Dwight D. Eisenhower, NAACP, Kivie Kaplan, J. Howard Edmonson, sit-ins

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