Blackwell, Unita, 1933-2019

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Activist Unita Blackwell was the first African-American woman to be elected mayor in the U.S. state of Mississippi. Blackwell was a project director for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and helped organize voter drives for African Americans across Mississippi.
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creatorOf Blackwell, Unita, 1933-. An oral history with Honorable Unita Blackwell / interviewer: Mike Garvey. University of Southern Mississippi, Regional Campus, Joseph Anderson Cook Library
referencedIn Blackwell, Unita Jimmy Carter Library
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referencedIn Fannie Lou Hamer Papers, 1964-1967. Wisconsin Historical Society Archives
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associatedWith Garvey, Michael. person
associatedWith Hamer, Fannie Lou, 1917-1977 person
memberOf Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party corporateBody
associatedWith National Council of Negro Women corporateBody
memberOf Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (U.S.) corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
West Helena AR US
Lula MS US
Mayersville MS US
Ocean Springs MS US
African American mayors
African American women
Civil rights workers
Civil rights activists


Birth 1933-03-18

Death 2019-05-13



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SNAC ID: 33992163