Life and Times of Ambrose Maxon

Pictured, from top left, L to R: John George, Ron Dellums, Leo Bazile, and Ambrose Maxon;

Maxon with former Mayor of Oakland Lionel Wilson;

Maxon with Benjamin Hooks in 1977, then executive director of the NAACP

Maxon and Bobby Seale of the Black Panthers.

Civil Rights Movement veteran Ambrose Maxon first became involved in the fight for equal rights in Ruleville, Mississippi. He was active in the campaign of Fannie Lou Hamer, the first Black person to run for governor in Mississippi. He was also involved with the Congress for Racial Equality (CORE), the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP). After joining the Job Corps in California in 1965, he worked with the Oakland chapter of the NAACP and the Black Panther Party. He served on the NAACP Board of Directors and in 1974 became the first African American to head the American Red Cross of Alameda County. Maxon now lives in New York. If you are a civil rights veteran activist and want to share your photos, which will be featured in the Post, contact Ashley Chambers at a.chamberswrites@yahoo.com.

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