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Aaron Henry 1964 (cropped).jpgAaron Edd Henry (July 2, 1921 – May 19, 1997) was a Civil Rights Leader. Mississippi's most well-known black leader, Aaron Henry, as well as liberal white attorney Bill Higgs, repeatedly turned up in homosexual settings, as was exposed by intransigent white supremacists acting on sinister motives. Henry, state president of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) was arrested for homosexual sodomy or disorderly conduct on at least four occasions. Yet he was reelected to office for a total of 33 one-year-terms, from 1960 to 1993.

A pharmacist by profession, Aaron Henry held various leadership positions in the NAACP, including being elected president of the Mississippi branch in 1959. He was one of the major organizers of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP), serving as one of its delegates in the attempt to unseat the regular Mississippi delegates at the 1964 Democratic National Convention, and was a leader in Freedom Summer, the voter-registration drive sponsored by the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO). Late in his career Henry served in the Mississippi legislature.


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