Doris Adelaide Derby is an American activist, documentary photographer and retired adjunct associate professor of anthropology at Georgia State University. She was active in the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement, and her work discusses the themes of race and African American identity. She was a working member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (S.N.C.C.), as well as co-founder of the Free Southern Theater, and the founding director of the Office of African-American Student Services and Programs (O.A.A.S.S.P.). Her photography has been exhibited throughout the United States. Two of her photographs were published in Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC, to which she also contributed an essay about her experiences in the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement. Derby lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, actor Bob Banks. They are active leaders in their community and members of local and national organizations.
Dr. Doris Derby’s association with the Civil Rights Movement began when she joined the NAACP Youth Chapter in her hometown of New York City at the age of sixteen. She continued her association with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) while attending Hunter College in New York. As a student activist, she was on the front lines of the Civil Rights Movement. Derby worked primarily with SNCC in New York, Albany, Georgia, and throughout the state of Mississippi.