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(Michigan State Commit) Aaron Henry OFFICIAL JUNIOR SEASON MIXTAPE
(Michigan State Commit) Aaron Henry OFFICIAL JUNIOR SEASON MIXTAPE
Published: 2017/08/21
Channel: InTheGymHoops
Aaron Henry adidas Gauntlet highlights
Aaron Henry adidas Gauntlet highlights
Published: 2017/07/13
Channel: Inside the Hall
2018 COMBO G Aaron Henry | SICK SOPHOMORE OFFICIAL InTheGymHoops Mixtape!
2018 COMBO G Aaron Henry | SICK SOPHOMORE OFFICIAL InTheGymHoops Mixtape!
Published: 2016/06/15
Channel: InTheGymHoops
Aaron Henry Indiana Junior All-Stars highlights
Aaron Henry Indiana Junior All-Stars highlights
Published: 2017/06/10
Channel: Inside the Hall
"Lifestories: Families in Crisis" A Body to Die For: The Aaron Henry Story (1994)
"Lifestories: Families in Crisis" A Body to Die For: The Aaron Henry Story (1994)
Published: 2013/11/14
Channel: trollvhs
Aaron Henry Guides His Team to a Championship At the UA Super Select!!!
Aaron Henry Guides His Team to a Championship At the UA Super Select!!!
Published: 2017/07/05
Channel: HoopFocus
2018 6
2018 6'4 Combo G/F Aaron Henry "IS THE REAL DEAL"
Published: 2015/07/22
Channel: InTheGymHoops
Aaron Henry Under Armour Association Open Finals highlights
Aaron Henry Under Armour Association Open Finals highlights
Published: 2017/08/01
Channel: Inside the Hall
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6'4" 2018 CG Aaron Henry Versatile and skilled
Published: 2014/12/14
Channel: InTheGymHoops
HoopFocus 1on1: Aaron Henry
HoopFocus 1on1: Aaron Henry
Published: 2017/05/28
Channel: HoopFocus
Scully calls Aaron
Scully calls Aaron's historic 715th home run
Published: 2014/11/13
Channel: MLB
Coach Aaron Henry Mic
Coach Aaron Henry Mic'd Up
Published: 2017/04/04
Channel: NCStatePackFootball
Aaron Henry- Trying to Get to You
Aaron Henry- Trying to Get to You
Published: 2007/08/25
Channel: scalliwagrx8
Dunk Of The Day:  Team Harris Aaron Henry TAKES OFF OUTSIDE THE LANE and Gets And One NASTY DUNK!!!
Dunk Of The Day: Team Harris Aaron Henry TAKES OFF OUTSIDE THE LANE and Gets And One NASTY DUNK!!!
Published: 2016/04/10
Channel: InTheGymHoops
Carry Me (acoustic) Aaron Henry
Carry Me (acoustic) Aaron Henry
Published: 2015/12/02
Channel: Aaron Henry
Aaron Henry
Aaron Henry
Published: 2008/06/18
Channel: Aaron Henry
Aaron Henry- Pride and Joy- acoustic
Aaron Henry- Pride and Joy- acoustic
Published: 2007/08/25
Channel: scalliwagrx8
Developing Cornerbacks to Play Multiple Coverage Techniques - Aaron Henry
Developing Cornerbacks to Play Multiple Coverage Techniques - Aaron Henry
Published: 2017/02/17
Channel: ChampionshipProductions
Aaron Henry is a Spartan - September 11, 2017
Aaron Henry is a Spartan - September 11, 2017
Published: 2017/09/11
Channel: Spotlight Productions
Yes sir, Aaron Henry
Yes sir, Aaron Henry
Published: 2011/08/01
Channel: Wisconsin Badgers
Press Coverage with Assistant DB Coach Aaron Henry
Press Coverage with Assistant DB Coach Aaron Henry
Published: 2016/04/12
Channel: RVision1766
18 IN SF Aaron Henry
18 IN SF Aaron Henry
Published: 2017/08/03
Channel: Spartan Nation Videos
"No Woman No Cry" Bob Marley (Cover) Aaron Henry & Kevin Costello
"No Woman No Cry" Bob Marley (Cover) Aaron Henry & Kevin Costello
Published: 2016/10/16
Channel: Aaron Henry
Wisconsin FS Aaron Henry Draft Profile
Wisconsin FS Aaron Henry Draft Profile
Published: 2012/04/12
Channel: Pro Football Weekly
Aaron Henry vs Kingston Eclipse
Aaron Henry vs Kingston Eclipse
Published: 2016/01/21
Channel: PWE Wrestling
So Now It
So Now It's Over by Aaron Henry
Published: 2015/12/05
Channel: Aaron Henry
Hoosier Hardwood Highlights: Ben Davis
Hoosier Hardwood Highlights: Ben Davis' Aaron Henry
Published: 2017/09/11
Channel: indystarsports
A Conversation with Aaron Henry
A Conversation with Aaron Henry
Published: 2012/07/09
Channel: DWCMediaDemocracy
Tom Izzo’s latest weapon for 18 IN SF Aaron Henry
Tom Izzo’s latest weapon for 18 IN SF Aaron Henry
Published: 2017/09/23
Channel: Spartan Nation Videos
1dayworkweekintro with Aaron Henry
1dayworkweekintro with Aaron Henry
Published: 2014/02/05
Channel: Aaron Henry
Mary
Mary's Baby by Kate Power with Steve Einhorn and Aaron, Henry & Nicole Keim
Published: 2014/12/21
Channel: Quality Folk
Mason Daniels & Travis Banks vs Taylor Adams & Aaron Henry
Mason Daniels & Travis Banks vs Taylor Adams & Aaron Henry
Published: 2014/06/05
Channel: phenominc
Justin Allen vs Aaron Henry
Justin Allen vs Aaron Henry
Published: 2008/04/07
Channel: GladiatorGames
Aaron Henry - "Rock On" - 1997 - Washington DC
Aaron Henry - "Rock On" - 1997 - Washington DC
Published: 2017/02/06
Channel: Subrhythmic: Skylar's Life & Crates
Te Kāea: WWE hopeful Aaron Henry hopes to impress
Te Kāea: WWE hopeful Aaron Henry hopes to impress
Published: 2015/07/23
Channel: maoritelevision
Wrestling Interview - Aaron Henry (Sakura On The Mat)
Wrestling Interview - Aaron Henry (Sakura On The Mat)
Published: 2016/10/29
Channel: Raidos Gaming
Barber World TV S2 E4 Aaron Henry creator of the TSU RAG
Barber World TV S2 E4 Aaron Henry creator of the TSU RAG
Published: 2014/05/07
Channel: Barber Worldtv
Travis Banks vs Aaron Henry
Travis Banks vs Aaron Henry
Published: 2014/06/05
Channel: phenominc
Aaron Henry Cabot panthers 2013 footbal highlights
Aaron Henry Cabot panthers 2013 footbal highlights
Published: 2013/12/16
Channel: Caleb Crawford
ROSE BOWL - Wisconsin
ROSE BOWL - Wisconsin's Aaron Henry
Published: 2010/12/29
Channel: Rose Bowl Game
Wisconsin Badgers football: Better know a UW football player: Aaron Henry
Wisconsin Badgers football: Better know a UW football player: Aaron Henry
Published: 2009/04/15
Channel: BadgerBeat
Aaron Henry talks #RFootball
Aaron Henry talks #RFootball
Published: 2016/08/24
Channel: Richie Schnyderite
Aaron Henry fumble return vs UNLV
Aaron Henry fumble return vs UNLV
Published: 2011/04/04
Channel: Wisconsin Badgers
HENRI PAPA MULAJA  ft JOHNNY AARON - MON DIEU M
HENRI PAPA MULAJA ft JOHNNY AARON - MON DIEU M'AIME
Published: 2017/07/04
Channel: Henri Papa Mulaja
Bryan Baker & Aaron Henry - Blues Duo in Gothenborg, Sweden
Bryan Baker & Aaron Henry - Blues Duo in Gothenborg, Sweden
Published: 2010/03/25
Channel: libraartistmgmt
Aaron Henry, "Attention as Selection for Action: A Challenge" #MindsOnline2016
Aaron Henry, "Attention as Selection for Action: A Challenge" #MindsOnline2016
Published: 2016/09/01
Channel: Minds Online
Aaron Henry - H170
Aaron Henry - H170
Published: 2008/07/30
Channel: Isabel R
Turn It Up Vs Aaron (Henry Fong feat Mr V Vs Lennard Ellis) (Dj Bassm)
Turn It Up Vs Aaron (Henry Fong feat Mr V Vs Lennard Ellis) (Dj Bassm)
Published: 2016/01/13
Channel: DJ Bassm
Aaron Henry
Aaron Henry
Published: 2011/10/12
Channel: VbarSbuckinbulls
Aaron Henry performing for The Switch at Jukebox Live.
Aaron Henry performing for The Switch at Jukebox Live.
Published: 2012/03/30
Channel: TheSwitchRadioLive
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Aaron Henry
Aaron Henry 1964 (cropped).jpg
Henry at the 1964 Democratic National Convention
Born (1922-07-02)July 2, 1922
Dublin, Mississippi, USA
Died May 19, 1997(1997-05-19) (aged 74)
Clarksdale, Mississippi
Cause of death Congestive heart failure
Nationality American
Occupation Civil rights leader; politician;
Known for Civil Rights Movement; NAACP; Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party

Aaron Henry (July 2, 1922 – May 19, 1997) was an American civil rights leader, politician, and head of the Mississippi branch of the NAACP. He was one of the founders of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party which tried to seat their delegation at the 1964 Democratic National Convention.

Early life[edit]

Aaron Henry was born in Dublin, Mississippi to parents Ed and Mattie Henry, who worked as sharecroppers. While growing up, he worked on the Flowers brothers' plantation, which was twenty miles east of Clarksdale in Coahoma County. Henry detested everything about growing cotton because of the hardships that it brought upon the African Americans working on the plantation. Henry’s parents believed education to be essential for the future of Henry and his family; therefore, he was able to attend the all-black Coahoma County Agricultural High School. After graduating from high school, Henry worked as a night clerk at a motel to earn money for college, but ended up enlisting in the Army. Three years in the army taught him that racial discrimination and segregation were common, many instances of which he described to Robert Penn Warren for the book Who Speaks for the Negro?.[1] At the same time, it confirmed his feelings that the desegregation was worse in his home state. He decided that he would work for equality and justice for black Americans as soon as he returned home after the war. When he returned to Clarksdale in 1946, a Progressive Voters' League had been formed to work for the implementation of the 1944 Supreme Court decision abolishing white primacy.

As a veteran, Henry was interested in the decision that the Mississippi legislature had exempted returning veterans from paying the poll tax. Under the poll tax laws, a person had to have paid his poll tax for two years prior to the time that he voted. Therefore, he tried to get black Mississippians to go down to the courthouse to register to vote. However, several veterans, who were non-white, were unable to register. When Henry went to the circuit clerk's office to register, he was rejected, as had been other black Americans. The clerk asked Henry to bring a certificate showing that he was exempt from the poll tax. Although he brought the certificate, the clerk said that Henry still needed to pass various tests to show that he was qualified to vote. He was finally able to register to vote after he read several sections of the state constitution and went satisfactorily through more tests. Henry used the G.I. Bill, a law that provided educational benefits for World War II veterans, to enroll in the pharmacy school at Xavier University. When he graduated in 1950 with a pharmaceutical degree, he married Noelle Michael and went into his own pharmacy business. As a businessman in Clarksdale, he became involved in local and state activities, particularly events such as African-American voter registration. He decided to organize an NAACP branch in Clarksdale because of the incident where two black girls were raped by two white men who were subsequently judged not guilty. W.A. Higgins, who was the principal of the black high school and already a member of NAACP, made the suggestion, and the NAACP national headquarters encouraged Henry and Higgins to organize a local branch of the NAACP. In 1959, Henry was elected president of the Mississippi organization, and served in the NAACP for decades. Henry became close friends with Medgar Evers, who worked as a secretary for the NAACP in 1950. On June 12, 1963, Evers was assassinated in his driveway in Jackson, Mississippi and his assassination had a great impact on Henry.

Regional Council of Negro Leadership[edit]

In 1951, Henry was a founding member of the Regional Council of Negro Leadership (RCNL). The main instigator and head of the organization was Dr. T.R.M. Howard, a prominent black surgeon, fraternal organization leader, and entrepreneur in the all-black town of Mound Bayou, Mississippi.[2]

The RCNL promoted a program of civil rights, voting rights, self-help, and business ownership. Instead of starting from the “grass roots," it sought to “reach the masses through their chosen leaders” by harnessing the talents of blacks with a proven record in business, the professions, education, and the church. Henry headed the RCNL's committee on "Separate but equal" which zeroed in on the need to guarantee the "equal."

Other key members of the RCNL included Amzie Moore, an NAACP activist and gas station owner from Cleveland, Mississippi and Medgar Evers, who sold insurance for Dr. Howard in Mound Bayou. Henry aided the RCNL's boycott of service stations that failed to provide restrooms for blacks. As part of this campaign, the RCNL distributed an estimated twenty thousand bumper stickers with the slogan “Don’t Buy Gas Where You Can’t Use the Rest Room." Beginning in 1953, it directly challenged separate but equal policies and demanded integration of schools.

Henry participated in the RCNL’s annual meetings in Mound Bayou between 1952 and 1955, which often attracted crowds of over ten thousand.

Frequently a target of racist violence, Henry was arrested in Clarksdale repeatedly, and in one famous incident was chained to the rear of a city garbage truck and led through the streets of Clarksdale to jail.

Civil rights movement activism[edit]

While Henry remained active in the RCNL until its demise in the early 1960s, he also joined the Mississippi branch of the NAACP in 1954 and eventually worked his way up to state president in 1959. He started the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP) and the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO). In 1961 he organized a boycott of stores in the Clarksdale, Mississippi area that discriminated against African Americans both as customers and employees. He chaired delegations of Loyalist Democrats to the 1968 and 1972 Democratic National Conventions.

In 1962, he was arrested for picking up an eighteen-year-old young man from Memphis, Tennessee.[3] By 1968, after several appeals, the charge was not voided.[3] In 1972, he was arrested again for soliciting sodomy from two undercover policemen.[3]

Freedom Vote Campaign[edit]

While Henry served as president of COFO in 1962, he made an effort to organize the "freedom vote", which was the mock participation in the state gubernatorial election in November 1963. Henry worked this campaign with Allard K. Lowenstein, and they thought that showing black voters' willingness to vote in the mock election would make the nation realize that black Americans would in fact participate in the electoral process if given the opportunity. In this mock election, Henry was the candidate for governor, and Edwin King, who was a white Methodist minister at Tougaloo College in Jackson, was candidate for lieutenant governor. With Bob Moses, who managed the campaign, Henry and King tried to raise awareness of how Paul B. Johnson Jr. and Rubel Phillips, who were candidates of the actual election in 1963, ignored the Freedom Vote campaign and potential strength of black Americans' will to vote. Since they had only little experience in the political field, Henry and King needed people who knew about political elections. At that time, Joe Lieberman, who was an editor of the Yale Daily News, was in Mississippi to work with a series of reports on the activities and programs of SNCC. Lieberman found the Freedom Vote Campaign interesting, so he spread the word at Yale about what type of help the campaign would need. After a few weeks, students from Yale, Harvard, Dartmouth, and Fordham came to help with the campaign. With their participation, the Freedom Vote Campaign gained enough awareness and was reported in a newspaper, "The Free Press", by Bill Minor and R. L. T. Smith. To tabulate the result of the campaign, ballot boxes were placed in churches, business, and homes. Voting took place over a whole weekend so that many church congregations could vote at Sunday services. Although there were incidents where several voters were arrested, the campaign finished as a great success in demonstrating the willingness of African Americans to vote, with the participation of more than eighty thousand people. Within a week of the freedom election, college volunteers by Lowenstein's efforts made plans for a massive influx for Freedom Summer in 1964. The campaign also encouraged Paul Johnson to hint at a change in Mississippi's official line on race. After this campaign, Henry helped to create the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party to address civil rights in Mississippi.

Later life[edit]

Henry was elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives in 1982, holding the seat until 1996. He died in 1997 of congestive heart failure at a hospital near his home in Clarksdale, following a stroke.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities. "Aaron Henry". Robert Penn Warren's Who Speaks for the Negro? Archive. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  2. ^ David T. Beito and Linda Royster Beito, Black Maverick: T.R.M. Howard's Fight for Civil Rights and Economic Power, Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2009, pp. 72–89.
  3. ^ a b c Austin Southers, Men Like That: A Southern Queer History, Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 1999, pp. 158–166
  • Beito, David and Linda (2009). Black Maverick: T.R.M. Howard's Fight for Civil Rights and Economic Power. Urbana: University of Illinois Press. ISBN 978-0-252-03420-6. 
  • Dittmer, John (1994). Local People: the Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi. Urbana: University of Illinois Press. ISBN 0-252-02102-9. 
  • John Dittmer, Local People: the Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi (1994 book).
  • Aaron Henry with Constance W. Curry, Aaron Henry: The Fire Ever Burning, Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2000.
  • Charles M. Payne, I've Got the Light of Freedom: The Organizing Tradition and the Mississippi Freedom Struggle (1995 book).

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