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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Civil Rights Activist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere New
Favorite Quote:
The World Shrinks Or Expands In Relation To How We Choose To Live In It.

Birthplace

Born:
11/5/1926
Birth Location:
Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Civil Rights Activist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere New
Favorite Quote:
The World Shrinks Or Expands In Relation To How We Choose To Live In It.

Birthplace

Born:
11/5/1926
Birth Location:
Hattiesburg
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Biography

Victoria Jackson Gray Adams was born Victoria Jackson on November 5, 1926 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Her mother died when Adams was just three years old, and she was raised on her paternal grandparents’ farm. In 1945, she earned her high school diploma from DePriest Consolidated School and went on to attend Wilberforce University from 1945 until 1946, but had to return home to Mississippi when the family could no longer afford tuition.

Despite not having a degree, Adams was able to find work as a teacher in Mississippi. This led to her civil rights activities when she began teaching voter registration classes in the early 1960s. In 1962, Adams became a full time civil rights activist when she became field secretary of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Her efforts would enable her to lead a boycott against Hattiesburg businesses and prepare the city for Freedom Summer 1964. Although married with three small children, Adams helped organize the alternative Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP). In 1964, Adams, along with fellow activists Fannie Lou Hamer and Annie Devine, were chosen as the national spokespersons for the MFDP and attended the Democratic Convention in Atlantic City. Although they were not seated, their efforts did lead to the Democratic Party integrating its ranks. In 1968, the three women were seated guests on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. Adams was also the first woman to run for national office in Mississippi. In 1968, Adams left the country with her second husband and moved to Thailand where she continued to fight against racism and discrimination against African American soldiers and their families.

Adams received numerous awards and honors for her activism. She was featured in the award-winning documentary Eyes on the Prize and several books. She was active in the SCLC and several other human rights organizations. Adams was also an adjunct professor at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Adams passed away on August 12, 2006 at the age of 79.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Victoria Adams' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Victoria Adams lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Victoria Adams talks about her family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Victoria Adams talks about her family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Victoria Adams talks about her family's homesteading
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Victoria Adams describes her earliest childhood memory of her mother's death
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Victoria Adams describes growing up on a farm in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Victoria Adams describes growing up on a farm in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Victoria Adams talks about her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Victoria Adams describes the community in which she grew up in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Victoria Adams describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Victoria Adams describes DePriest Consolidated School's baccalaureate service
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Victoria Adams describes her elementary school experiences at Forrest County Training School in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Victoria Adams talks about running into a primer grade classmate as an adult
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Victoria Adams describes her childhood aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Victoria Adams describes her childhood personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Victoria Adams describes her experiences attending church in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Victoria Adams describes her high school experiences, including influential teachers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Victoria Adams talks about her aspirations as a student at DePriest Consolidated School in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Victoria Adams describes her experiences at Wilberforce University in Wilberforce, Ohio in 1945
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Victoria Adams talks about leaving Wilberforce University in 1946, after her first year
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Victoria Adams talks about the beginnings of her teaching career and her first marriage to Tony West Gray, Sr., pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Victoria Adams talks about the beginnings of her teaching career and her first marriage to Tony West Gray, Sr., pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Victoria Adams talks about her experiences in Germany in the early 1950s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Victoria Adams talks about entering the business world selling beauty products
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Victoria Adams describes a 1960s civil rights experience that took place at her church in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Victoria Adams describes a 1960s civil rights experience that took place at her church in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Victoria Adams describes her involvement in SNCC as field secretary
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Victoria Adams reflects upon her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Victoria Adams describes receiving death threats due to her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Victoria Adams talks about running for the State of Mississippi's U.S. Senate seat
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Victoria Adams talks about the establishment of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP)
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Victoria Adams describes attending the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey in 1964
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Victoria Adams explains how the Democratic National Convention affected the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party in 1964
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Victoria Adams talks about her involvement in Freedom Summer 1964, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Victoria Adams talks about her involvement in Freedom Summer 1964, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Victoria Adams talks about the importance of singing during Freedom Summer 1964
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Victoria Adams talks about her experience in Washington, D.C. as part of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Victoria Adams talks about her experience in Washington, D.C. as part of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Victoria Adams talks about her experience in Washington, D.C. as part of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, pt. 3
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Victoria Adams talks about her experience in Washington, D.C. as part of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, pt. 4
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Victoria Adams talks about Fannie Lou Hamer's notoriety as a civil rights leader and voting rights activist
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Victoria Adams describes Fannie Lou Hamer
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Victoria Adams talks about her decision to move abroad in the late 1960s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Victoria Adams talks about her role as an organizer for African American women in Thailand during the early 1970s, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Victoria Adams talks about her role as an organizer for African American women in Thailand during the early 1970s, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Victoria Adams talks about her activities at Fort Myer, Virginia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Victoria Adams talks about her real estate career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Victoria Adams describes her work as a campus minister at Virginia State University in Petersburg, Virginia, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Victoria Adams describes her work as a campus minister at Virginia State University in Petersburg, Virginia, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Victoria Adams talks about teaching civil rights history at University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Victoria Adams reflects upon her life experiences
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Victoria Adams narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Victoria Adams narrates her photographs, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Victoria Adams narrates her photographs, pt. 3