SHREVEPORT TIMES – C.O. Simpkins was a founding member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1960 and worked with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. until King’s death in 1968.ADVERTISING

Simpkins was born in 1925 in Mansfield. He left the state to attend college — at Wiley College in Texas and Tennessee State University, where he received his undergraduate degree.

He pursued dentistry,earning a Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry in Nashville, Tennessee.

Simpkins served in the Air Force until 1951 and he returned to Shreveport to practice dentistry. Read more via Shrevepoint Times.