Victoria Jackson Gray Adams (November 5, 1926 – August 12, 2006) was an American civil rights activist from Hattiesburg, Mississippi. She was one of the founding members of the influential Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party.

Born on November 5, 1926, in Palmers Crossing, just outside Hattiesburg, Mississippi, the daughter of Mack and Annie Mae (née Ott) Jackson, Victoria Jackson was raised on a farm by her grandparents; her mother had died when she was just three years old. She attended Wilberforce University for one year, but money for tuition ran short. She later studied at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama and at Jackson State College in Jackson and qualified as a teacher. She went on to serve as a campus minister at Virginia State University and to teach and lecture at schools, colleges and universities across the nation.


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I've never been afraid to step out and to reach out and to move out in order to make things happen.
Victoria Gray, African American civil rights activist. As quoted in This Little Light of Mine, ch. 3, by Hay Mills (1993). From an interview conducted by Mills on April 4, 1990. Gray, a Mississippi native, joined activists Fannie Lou Hamer and Annie Devine in their 1964 challenge to the United States House of Representatives over the seating of five white Mississippi men. Representing the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, the women argued that because African American Mississippians "were effectively denied the vote," the election in which the men had won their seats was illegal.

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