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Dorie Ann Ladner Collection

 Unprocessed Collection
Identifier: AM2000-63

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


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.

Related Materials

Copies of books by Dr. Joyce A. Ladner are available in the Cook Library:

Tomorrow's Tomorrow: The Black Woman (Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1971), call number E185.86 .L34 1971 .

The Death of White Sociology, edited by Joyce A. Ladner (New York: Random House, 1973), call number E185.86 .L33 1973.

Adolescence and Poverty: Challenge for the 1990s, edited by Peter B. Edelman and Joyce Ladner (Washington, D.C.: Center for National Policy Press, 1991), call number HQ796 .A3323 1991.

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Repository Details

Part of the Historical Manuscripts and Photographs Repository

118 College Drive - 5148
Hattiesburg MS 39406-0001