Holder, Melvin (1949-) | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
Name: Holder, Melvin (1949-)
Variant Name: Pepper Holder
Fuller Form: Melvin Pepper Holder
Historical Note: Melvin "Pepper" Holder was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1949 and is a life-long resident of Carbondale, Illinois. He worked in his father's moving and storage business and later in construction until his retirement. He developed an awareness of and interest in civil rights under the guidance of Pastor Lenus Turley in the Rock Hill Baptist Church in Carbondale. He participated in the Poor People's March in 1968 and has been active in the Carbondale chapter of the NAACP.
Sources: Pepper Holder interview, February 23, 2018.
Note Author: Walter D. Ray