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Collection Title:  Wade (Daisy Harris) Papers

Collection Number:  M334

Dates:  ca. 1939 – 2011

Volume:  .75 cubic foot

Provenance:  This collection was donated by Mrs. Daisy Harris Wade on August 1 and 18, 2000.  The gift was made in the names of Mrs. Daisy Harris Wade, Mr. J. C. Fairley, Reverend J. C. Killingsworth, and Mrs. Wade’s sons – Mr. James Harris, Dr. Anthony Harris, and Mr. Harold Harris. Additional materials were donated on March 1, 2011.

Restrictions: Available for research use by the serious student and scholar.

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by The Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Biographical/Historical Sketch:

            Daisy Griffin Harris Wade has spent much of her adult life in efforts designed to secure the civil rights of local African American citizens.  She was particularly active in the local civil rights movement between 1963 and 1968.   In January 1964, she housed four white ministers who were in Hattiesburg in connection with a voter registration project.  During Mississippi Freedom Summer (1964), she opened her home to two Freedom Summer volunteers.   Though retired, Mrs. Wade continues to be active in the area of civil rights.  Most recently, she has participated in panel discussions at The University of Southern Mississippi, designed to communicate the history of the local civil rights movement to the present generation.

            Mrs. Wade was born on April 22, 1931, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, the fifth of eleven children born to Joseph and Annie B. Griffin.  Her father was employed by Hercules Powder Company.  He retired in 1967 after 41 years of service.   Daisy Griffin married her first husband, James Harris, on April 7, 1951, and three sons were born of the union – James, Jr., Anthony, and Harold (At this writing, Anthony [Dr. Anthony Harris] is serving as Executive Assistant to the President of The University of Southern Mississippi).  Daisy Harris and her second husband, Willie Wade, were married on April 8, 1978.  No children were born of the second marriage.

            Mrs. Wade graduated from Eureka High School on June 4, 1949, and completed the Secretarial Cluster Course at Pearl River Junior College on November 7, 1975.  Her work experiences include:  1) secretary/receptionist at WDAM-TV;  2) disc jockey and secretary at WORV Radio ;  and 3) office work for the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).  In addition, she served as secretary of the Forrest County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the Forrest County Action Committee, and the Fifth District Loyalist Democratic Party;  did volunteer work for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC);  was active in the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP);  and at one time, held a third class FCC radio license.

            While employed at WORV Radio, Mrs. Wade was chosen Most Popular Disc Jockey, and since approximately 1975, her biography has appeared in Who’s Who Among African Americans.  On June 23, 1991, Star Light Missionary Baptist Church held an Appreciation Service honoring Mrs. Wade for her work in the areas of civil rights and community service.

            Additional honors and awards accorded Mrs. Wade are:

Vernon Dahmer Community Service Award, presented by the Hub City Business and Professional Men's Club (January 22, 1978).

Contributions to the Advancement of Civil and Human Rights, Certificate of Special Recognition, presented by the Mississippi Community Foundation (June 1994).

Long Distance Runner Award, presented by Forrest County Branch of NAACP, for 20 or more years of outstanding service (1996).

A Voice and A Vote, Freedom's Foundation Award, presented by the Hattiesburg Public School District (March 4, 1998).

Achievement Award, presented by the Mississippi Homemakers Volunteer, Inc., in cooperation with the Mississippi State University Extension Service.


            Contents of the Collection

            Hattiesburg City Directories

            Wade, Daisy Harris (Mrs.)

Scope and Content:

            The bulk of this collection consists of materials that document civil rights activities in Hattiesburg and Forrest County during the 1960s.  Of particular interest is a series of materials relating to the Forrest County Branch of the NAACP (ca. 1958-1968), which includes minutes of meetings, membership rolls, correspondence, and documents pertaining to the 1967 bus and business boycott in Hattiesburg.  Also of interest are items regarding the Forrest County Action Committee for 1967 and 1974, and Mrs. Daisy Harris Wade’s personal reminiscences.\

            Also in the collection are newspaper clippings, publications, magazine articles, and other documents that pertain to civil rights leaders and civil rights issues in Mississippi, and elsewhere in the South.  The collection also includes items of local history, such as a file regarding Ensign Jesse L. Brown, a Hattiesburg native who became the first African American naval pilot in 1948.  A particularly unique item is a souvenir booklet prepared in honor of the East Sixth Street U.S.O., an organization established in Hattiesburg, in 1942, to serve African American men and women in the military services.

            The Daisy Harris Wade Papers should be of special interest to anyone researching the civil rights movement in Hattiesburg and Forrest County.

Additional Finding Aids:

Box and Folder List

Photograph Log

Related Collections:

M345 Adams (Victoria Gray) Papers

M369 Harris (Anthony J.) Civil Rights Memoir

M413 Student Research Papers

Oral History with Daisy Harris Wade, Vol. 764


Box and Folder List

Box 1

            Folder 1           Daisy Harris Wade:   Biological Information (ca. 1964-1991)

            Folder 2           Daisy Harris Wade:   Newspaper Clippings (1993-1998)

            Folder 3           Daisy Harris Wade:   Reminiscences (ca. 1967-1996)


           Subject Files

            Folder 4           Article:   “The Dog Days of Frank Wills”, By Jill Nelson-Ricks (Essence, November 1984)

            Folder 5           Article:   “Famous Mississippians” (Undated)

            Folder 6           Article:   “Hattiesburg, Miss., Freedom Day, January 22,1964

            Folder 7           Article:   “Return To The Source”, By Dr. Joyce Ladner, Howard University (Undated)

            Folder 8           Article:   “The Turning Point” (Undated)

            Folder 9           Article:   “We Did Overcome”, By Susan Jacoby (Undated)

            Folder 10         Brochure:   “Mississippi Summer Project (1964)

            Folder 11         Brown vs. Board of Education (1954)

            Folder 12         Brown, Jesse L. (1951)

            Folder 13         Civil Rights March – Selma, Alabama (March 10, 1965)

            Folder 14         Civil Rights Movement in the South:  A Selected Reading List (ca. 1999)

            Folder 15         Dahmer, Vernon (Undated)

            Folder 16         Earl Travillion Attendance Center (1994-1995)

            Folder 17         Eureka High School/East Sixth Street Elementary School (Undated)

            Folder 18         Evers, Charles (1967;  1996;  Undated)

            Folder 19         Evers, Medgar (June 12, 1963)

            Folder 20         Father Peter Quinn (1998)

            Folder 21         Food Stamp Program (Undated)

            Folder 22         Forrest County Action Committee (1967;  1974)

            Folder 23         Forrest County NAACP:   Bus and Business Boycott - Hattiesburg, Mississippi (1967)

            Folder 24         Forrest County NAACP:   Correspondence (ca. October 8, 1966 – February 15, 1968)

            Folder 25         Forrest County NAACP:   Expenditures (1967)

            Folder 26         Forrest County NAACP:   Membership Rolls (1967-1968)

            Folder 27         Forrest County NAACP:   Minutes (February 21, 1966 – May 4, 1967)               

            Folder 28         Forrest County NAACP:   Minutes (Enclosures From) (1966-1967)

            Folder 29         Forrest County NAACP:   Miscellaneous Documents (ca. 1965-1967)

            Folder 30         Forrest County NAACP:   Officers (ca. 1966-1967)

            Folder 31         Forrest County NAACP:   Secretary’s Annual Report (December 8, 1966)

            Folder 32         Forrest County NAACP:   State Sovereignty Commission Memoranda (1958-1960)

            Folder 33         Guyot, Lawrence:   Article From People Magazine (September 18, 1989)

            Folder 34         Kennard, Clyde (ca. 1958-1990s)

            Folder 35         King, Dr. Martin Luther, Jr. (ca. 1963-1998)

            Folder 36         Mississippi Democratic Party

            Folder 37         NAACP 58th Annual Convention (July 14, 1967)


Box 2

            Folder  1          The National Civil Rights Museum At The Lorraine Motel, Memphis, Tennessee (ca. 1989)

            Folder 2           Newsletter:   First Unitarian Society of Plainfield (New Jersey) February 12, 1967)

            Folder 3           Newspaper Clippings (June 9, 1959 – May 23, 1997)

            Folder 4           Newspaper Clippings (Undated)

            Folder 5           Newspaper Clippings Re:   Integration of Ole Miss (October 1, 1962)

            Folder 6           Newspapers and Clippings:   Oversize (April 1, 1961 – February 12, 1998; Undated)

            Folder 7           Notes on Civil Rights Leaders of the Past (Undated)

            Folder 8           Photographs (ca. 1967 and 1976)

            Folder 9           Poster:   “We Americans” (1976)

            Folder 10         Publication:   The Depriest Herald, Forrest County Training School Newspaper (December 1939)

            Folder 11         Publication:   East Sixth Street U.S.O. Souvenir Booklet (ca. 1945)

            Folder 12         Publication:   “Hope For Tomorrow” (1968)

            Folder 13         Publication:   Insurgent (Summer 1968)

            Folder 14         Publication:   The Student Voice (June 9, 1964)

            Folder 15         Publication:   The Turning Point, by Frank R. Parker (1994)

            Folder 16         Rowan High School (ca. 1941-1961)

            Folder 17         Song:   “Lift Every Voice and Sing” (Undated)

            Folder 18         Speeches (ca. 1960s)

            Folder 19         St. James C.M.E Church:   “Recognition and Appreciation Services for Pioneers in the Civil Rights Movement” (March 11, 1996)

            Folder 20         Part of Rev. W. D. Ridgeway speech to House Ways and Means Committee (circa 1957-1958)

            Folder 21         Correspondence:   Daisy Harris Wade and Hannah Martin (2010-2011)

            Folder 22         Newspaper Clipping (February 6, 2011)

            Folder 23         Program:   Honoring Rev. W. D. Ridgeway (February 5, 2011)

            Folder 24         Photographs (Undated)


Photograph Log


M334-1          Daisy Harris Wade With Mr. & Mrs. Chip Carter and Alvin Eaton

                        5 x 7                            Color               ca. 1976

                        Daisy Harris Wade poses with President Jimmy Carter’s son, Chip and his wife, and WDAM-TV employee Alvin Eaton.  The photo was taken at WDAM-TV, during the Carters’ campaign tour through Mississippi.

                        (Box 2, Folder 10)


M334-2          Daisy Harris Wade, et al, at NAACP Convention

                        8 x 10                          B & W             ca. 1966

                        Taken at the NAACP Convention in Los Angeles, California, this photo shows delegates at a sit-down dinner.  Some individuals are identified on the back of the photo.

                        (Box 2, Folder 10)


M334-3          Sister Gracie Ridgeway and Reverend W. D. Ridgeway

                        6 x 4                            Color               Undated

                        Sister Gracie Ridgeway and Reverend Willie D. Ridgeway sitting at a dining room table following revival services at East Jerusalem Baptist Church in Laurel, Mississippi.

                        (Box 3, Folder 24)


M334-4         Sister Gracie Ridgeway and Sister Bessie L. Boykins

                       6 x 4                            Color               Undated

                       Sister Gracie Ridgeway and Sister Bessie L. Boykins in a kitchen following revival services. Reverend Walter Lee Boykins closed revival services at East Jerusalem Baptist Church in Laurel, Mississippi.

                       (Box 3, Folder 24)


M334-5          Reverend Walter L. Boykins and Reverend W. D. Ridgeway

                        6 x 4                            Color               Undated

                        Reverend Walter Lee Boykins, Pastor of Grace Missionary Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio, formerly of Hattiesburg, Mississippi and Reverend Willie D. Ridgeway.

                        (Box 3, Folder 24)


M334-6          Mr. and Mrs. Ducksworth, Reverend W. D. Ridgeway, Reverend Walter L. Boykins and Sister Gracie Ridgeway

                        6 x 4                            Color               Undated

      Mrs. Ducksworth is shaking hands with Reverend Willie D. Ridgeway. Mr. Ducksworth is shaking hands with Reverend Walter Lee Boykins.

      Sister Gracie Ridgeway is in the background on a porch. Reverend Boykins had just closed revival services at East Jerusalem Baptist Church in Laurel, Mississippi.

                        (Box 3, Folder 24)


M334-7          Reverend W. D. Ridgeway

                        6 x 4                            Color               Undated

      Pastor of East Jerusalem Baptist Church, Reverend Willie D. Ridgeway standing in a living room between two unidentified men.

                        (Box 3, Folder 24)


M334-8          Sister Gracie Ridgeway

                        4 x 6                            Color               Undated

                        Sister Gracie Ridgeway at church.

                        (Box 3, Folder 24)


M334-9          Reverend W. D. Ridgeway

                        8 x 10                          B&W               Undated

                        Portrait of Reverend Willie D. Ridgeway.

                        (Box 3, Folder 24)


M334-10        Reverend W. D. Ridgeway

                        8 x 12                          B&W               Undated

                        Portrait of Reverend Willie D. Ridgeway wearing a cap and gown. (Two copies)

                        (Box 3, Folder 24)

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