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Akron's Black History Timeline
 
1950-1959: A Decade of Change

"Enlarge the opportunity and the person will expand to fill it."   ~Dr. Eli Ginzberg~

1950 – Diverse approaches were used to secure black employment above domestic levels:

  • Militant affirmative action tactics
  • Persuasive group conferences, workshops, interviews, research and correspondence
  • Employment drives
  • Political action

Individual Accomplishments:

  • Mercer F. Bratcher – civic leader – won annual Brotherhood Award
  • James E. Turner – in charge of URW’s Fair Practice Department
  • Atty. Samuel T. Kelly – president of NAACP
  • Atty. Rufus L. Thompson – assistant Law Director
  • Earl Bruce Tate, Sr. – executive director Glendale Branch YMCA
  • Julia Perry – musician and composer
  • Kermit Moore – a baritone and cellist
  • Jesse Owens – baritone
  • George C. Miller – first black high school counselor
  • Martin O. Chapman – first black assistant principal
  • Laurita Sharpp – first black head librarian
  • Herman Poole – inventor
  • Dr. Edgar A. Toppin – first Negro faculty member hired full time at University of Akron

 
1959

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