In honor of Martin Luther King Day, we are highlighting one African American man who was instrumental in the Civil Rights movement locally and across the state, Dr. E. J. Stringer.
Dr. Stringer was a local Dentist, Civil Rights leader, pastor, and prominent citizen. He opened his first Columbus office in 1950 at 114 South Fourth Street and practiced until 1992.
Dr. Stringer was also a leading figure in the Mississippi civil rights movement and served as president of the Mississippi State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) branches from 1953 to 1954. He also organized the Columbus branch of the NAACP and the Lowndes County Voters’ League.
Dr. Stringer served as the first chairman of the Biracial Advisory Committee to the Columbus Municipal School Board as well as president of the North Mississippi Medical, Dental, Pharmaceutical and Nurses Society.
Dr. Stringer passed away on September 6, 1995 at the age of 75.