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Jack Minnis

Jack Minnis (died 2005) was an American activist, and the founder and director of John Lewis.

Minnis had been hired by the Southern Regional Council to evaluate their Voter Education Project, which included voter registration efforts in the South in 1962. Minnis was fired for what he later said were justifiable political reasons, and suggested that SNCC start its own research unit to aid its activist effort. Jack Minnis ran SNCC's research department out of the Atlanta office, but traveled widely in the South to assist local efforts to register voters. By 1965, Minnis was producing a weekly mimeographed opposition research-based newsletter, Life in the Great Society with Lyndon, which made public some of the activities of President Lyndon B. Johnson that were not covered by the mainstream media. These weekly reports played a significant role in the radicalization of SNCC, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and CORE field staff.[1]

Minnis watched closely the movement of federal money toward corporate interests; he remarked on such various incidents as Johnson's appointment of a Merck policymaker to a board that would determine Merck's culpability for false claims with its Sucrets coughdrop product, and an Agency for International Development project that was possibly a front for CIA activity.[2]

Once the

  • [1]The Mississippi Power Structure, a pamphlet written by Jack Minnis
  • ProfileOne Person, One Vote

External links

  1. ^ Veterans of the Civil Rights Movement, retrieved May 23, 2008.
  2. ^ Jack Minnis, Life in the Great Society With Lyndon, Vol. 1, No. 1, n.p.
  3. ^ Simon Hall, Peace and Freedom: The Civil Rights Movement and the Antiwar Movement, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006, p. 20.
  4. ^ James Forman, The Making of Black Revolutionaries, University of Washington Press, 1997, p. 443.
  5. ^ "Jack Minnis" file, Mississippi Department of Archives and History,
  6. ^ quoted in Jay Taber, "Continuity"


Minnis had a profound influence on journalists of the Civil Rights movement, and journalists who later documented the movement. [6]

[5], a state-run segregationist surveillance unit directed by the governor that enlisted and paid ordinary citizens to report "suspicious" activity. Minnis's movements in the South were tracked with the aid of state police in several states who telexed his license plate numbers to law enforcement in towns where Minnis conducted workshops on how to register to vote, how to run for office, and other normal citizenship activities. The Sovereignty Commission's files on Minnis contain 88 items.Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission His activities and writings were monitored by the [4]

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