Ruth Perry papers
Scope and Contents
This collection includes various documents relating to Perry’s work with the NAACP and civil rights. These documents include copies of “Along Freedom’s Road,” correspondence, reports, journal articles, speeches, press releases, subpoenas, and petitions.
- Created: 1951 - 1968
- Other: 1987-04-01
- Perry, Ruth Willis (Person)
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Biographical or Historical Information
Ruth Willis Perry was a white civil rights activist. She served as secretary (1950-1956) and as vice-president (1957-1963) of the Miami branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). She helped publicize the NAACP through her radio broadcasts on WMBM and her weekly column in the Miami Times entitled “Along Freedom’s Road.” During her testimony in 1957 (and again in 1958) before the Florida Legislative Investigation Committee, also known as the Johns Committee, Perry refused to relinquish NAACP membership lists or answer incriminating questions. Her civil rights activities on behalf of the NAACP threatened her career as a librarian at the Miami Beach Public Library.
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Language of Materials
Ruth Perry was a white civil rights activist and an active member of the Miami branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). The collection includes copies of Perry's Miami Times newspaper columns in additional to materials documenting Perry's activism.
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- Civil Rights -- Florida -- History Subject Source: Usfspeccol
- Civil rights movements -- United States -- History -- 20th Century Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Subject Source: Local sources
- Southern States -- Politics and government Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Ruth Perry papers
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