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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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Annie Devine

Annie Devine

June 1965, Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party Meeting, Jackson, Mississippi

(p.288) Annie Devine
Women and the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1965

Davis W. Houck

David E. Dixon

University Press of Mississippi

Born in 1912 in Mobile, Alabama and raised in Canton, Mississippi, Annie Devine worked for the black-owned Security Life Insurance Company before she became involved in the civil rights movement. In 1964 and 1965, Devine played a role in the efforts of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP), an insurgent group of primarily black Mississippians founded by the Conference of Federated Organizations, to challenge the Democratic Party’s racist and exclusionary electoral practices in the state. She remained active in local Mississippi politics and social justice projects well into her eighties. On June 1965, Devine delivered an impromptu address at a MFDP meeting held in Jackson, Mississippi. This chapter includes Devine’s speech, in which she lashed at the civil rights community for apparently showing no concern for hundreds of youth jailed for protesting the allegedly illegally constituted Mississippi legislature. She also criticized the state legislature for trying to circumvent some of the provisions in the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Keywords:   speech, Annie Devine, civil rights movement, Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, Democratic Party, Mississippi, politics, Jackson, legislature, Voting Rights Act of 1965

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