Vintage UPI photo measuring 7" x 9 ", from 1963. Ed King is being carried away from the Federal Building in Mississippi after refusing police orders. (born September 20, 1936), better known as Ed King, is a United Methodist minister, civil rights activist, and retired educator. He was a key figure in historic civil rights events taking place in Mississippi, including the Jackson Woolworth's sit-in of 1963 and the Freedom Summer. At this critical juncture of the civil rights movement.
Historian John Dittmer described King as the most visible white activist in the Mississippi movement. As Tougaloo College chaplain, King collaborated with many of the key figures in the civil rights movement, including Bob Moses.
And others from the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. James Farmer and David Dennis of CORE. Of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. (SCLC), and activists from the Mississippi COFO.
(Council of Federated Organizations), including Fannie Lou Hamer. King was also a co-founder of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. (MFDP), a member of the Democratic National Committee.
And a delegate to three Democratic National Conventions. He and other surviving MFDP delegates were honored at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. In Boston on the 40th anniversary of their efforts to end racial discrimination in the Democratic party.
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