Aaron Henry (1922-1997) was a civil rights activist and an American politician. Henry was born in Dublin, Mississippi, the son of sharecroppers. He served in the Pacific theater of World War II as a staff sergeant with the U.S. Army, and later graduated from Xavier University with a degree in political science. He was elected the president of the Mississippi chapter of the NAACP in 1960. As a civil rights activist he was arrested multiple times. During the summer of 1961 he was arrested in Jackson, Mississippi, for his participation as a Freedom Rider. Later that year he was arrested for organizing a boycott against a Clarksdale, Mississippi, business that discriminated against black employees and customers. Henry ran for Governor of Mississippi in a 1963 “mock” election where he overwhelmingly won. Henry was elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives in 1982 where he served until 1996.