ADELAIDE JEANETTE ELLIOTT
1921 – 2010
Adelaide Jeanette Elliott was a public school teacher for over 40 years, having received her education at Mary Holmes Junior College and Jackson State University, at a time when it was a struggle for African Americans to receive higher education. She was active in marches and boycotts to protest the inequality experienced by African Americans. She was a charter member of the Oktibbeha County chapter of the NAACP, and they gave her a special recognition at their 34th Freedom Award Banquet. In addition to her teaching, Ms. Elliott was a winning basketball coach for the boys and girls at Mhoon Farm Elementary School and Alexander Junior High (now known as East Oktibbeha Elementary School). She challenged her students to learn and become great citizens, and their parents to take an interest in their children’s future.