Dorie Ann Ladner Collection
Scope and Contents
The collection includes genealogical and personal information regarding Dr. Dorie Ann Ladner and Dr. Joyce Ladner. The Ladner sisters were born in Palmer's Crossing, a historically black community on the southern outskirts of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Both women attended Tougaloo College and became actively involved in the Civil Rights Movement as Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) Field Secretaries in towns in the Mississippi Delta.
- Creation: circa 1788-2009
- Ladner, Dorie, Dr., 1942- (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Noncirculating; available for research.
Conditions Governing Use
This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).
Biographical / Historical
Dorie Ann Ladner was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi on June 28, 1942. As a high school student, she joined the NAACP Youth Council in Hattiesburg where she met NAACP state president Medgar Evers. In 1961, she became engaged with the Freedom Riders. She joined the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and was arrested in 1962 trying to integrate the Woolworth lunch counter in downtown Jackson. She was expelled from Jackson State University for her support of the Tougaloo Nine. She and her sister Joyce Ladner were invited to enroll at Tougaloo College.
In 1964, she became a key organizer in the Freedom Summer Project. She became the first woman to head a COFO Council of Federated Organizations project in 1964. She served as the SNCC project director in Natchez, Mississippi from 1964-1966.
In 1973, Ladner earned her B.A. degree from Tougaloo College, and in 1975, she earned a master's degree in social work (MSW) from the Howard University School of Social Work. In 2014, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from Tougaloo College.
At the time of the donation, Dorie Ann Ladner enjoyed a career as a social worker at D.C. General Hospital and Joyce Ladner was a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, both in Washington D.C.
18 Items (total) : 302A.B1.A3
Language of Materials
Newspaper clippings, printed material, and photos regarding the professional activities of the donor and her sister Dr. Joyce Ladner, natives of Palmer's Crossing, Mississippi and SNCC Field Secretaries.
Ms. Dorie Ann Ladner.
- Dorie Ann Ladner Collection
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Part of the Historical Manuscripts and Photographs Repository
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