Paul T. Murray

AFSC, 1966, Mississippi
Current Residence:
65 Hawthorne Ave.
Albany, NY 12203

Father Nathaniel and the Greenwood Movement

In my college years at the University of Detroit I was active in the Northern Student Movement, Detroit Area Friends of SNCC, and our campus chapter of the NAACP.

During the summer of 1966 I volunteered in Madison County, Mississippi as part of a work camp sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee. There were twelve of us campers, all but one Northern college students. We worked in the local Head Start program, did voter registration and political education, tutored local schoolkids, and worked on home remodeling projects. Of course, we were drawn to protest activities and all but one of us were arrested when we decided to participate in a demonstration in Canton.

Years later I returned to Mississippi where I taught Sociology at Millsaps College from 1972 to 1978. There I was able to use my statistical training as an expert witness in voting rights cases for the Lawyer's Constitutional Defense Committee.

Since 1979 I have taught at Siena College in Loudonville, New York. I have developed college courses based my experiences and studies about the Civil Rights Movement and the 1960s. In 1993 I published "The Civil Rights Movement: References and Resources," a book-length annotated bibliography.

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