Aaron Henry

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Birthday
2, 1922
Birthplace
Mississippi
Death Date
May 19, 1997 (74)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
2, 1922
Birthplace
Mississippi
Death Date
May 19, 1997 (74)

About

Remembered for his Mississippi-chapter leadership of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), this civil rights activist also founded the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and later served in the Mississippi House of Representatives.

Before Fame

After graduating from Coahoma Country Agricultural High School in Mississippi, he served in the United States Army. Later, studying under the G.I. Bill, he earned a degree in pharmacy from Xavier University in Ohio.

Trivia

A close friend of fellow civil rights activist Medgar Evers, he was deeply affected by Evers' 1963 assassination.

Family Life

He was born in Dublin, Mississippi to sharecroppers Mattie and Ed Henry. He later married a woman, but also carried on a same-sex relationship with a man named Gullum Erwin.

Associated With

He and physician T.R.M. Howard were founding members of the Regional Council of Negro Leadership (RCNL).