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Collection Title: Orris (Leo) Civil Rights Collection

Accession Number: AM 2000-46

Inclusive Dates: 1964

Volume: 1 item

Given By: Donated by Dr. Leo Orris.

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Form of Material:

Photograph of Dr. Leo Orris taking the blood pressure of Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer in front of her house in Ruleville, Mississippi. The photograph was taken in August 1964 by Dr. Erwin D. Zeman of Lincoln, Nebraska, who was visiting his daughter Zoya, a Freedom Summer volunteer in the Community Center in nearby Clarksdale.

Dr. Leo Orris was a New York physician who helped to organized the Medical Committee for Human Rights (MCHR), a group of doctors, nurses, psychiatrists and psychologists, dentists, and social workers who treated civil rights and peace movement workers during the sixties. Dr. Orris was in Mississippi with the MCHR during the summer of 1964 to participate in 'Freedom Summer', the Summer Project of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).

Related Collections:

Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer Oral History Interview, transcript call number F341.5 M57x Vol. 31.

Health Care is a Human Right: A Collection of Biographies of the Medical Committee for Human Rights (MCHR), 1964-1997 (New York: M.C.H.R. Book Committee, 1998?), call number E185.93.M6 H43 1998 (McCain Library).

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