Ruth Perry papers

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Ruth Perry papers
Perry, Ruth ( Ruth Willis Perry )
Physical Description:
0.21 : (1 box) ;


Subjects / Keywords:
African Americans -- Civil Rights -- Florida ( lcsh )
African Americans -- History -- Florida -- Tampa ( lcsh )
Civil Rights -- Florida -- History ( lcsh )
Civil rights movements -- United States -- History -- 20th Century ( lcsh )
Southern States -- Politics and government ( lcsh )


Scope and Content:
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, and journal articles; speeches, press releases, subpoenas, and petitions.
Preferred Citation:
Ruth Perry Papers, Special Collections Department, Tampa Library, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.
Ruth Perry
Ruth Willis Perry was a white civil rights activist who believed in racial equality for all Floridians. 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 [i]Miami Times [/i]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.

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of South Florida Library
Holding Location:
University of South Florida
Rights Management:
No restrictions. The contents of this collection may be subject to copyright. Visit the United States Copyright Office's website at for more information.
Resource Identifier:
u29.120-p13-ead ( USFLDC Handle )

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