Category: Pathfinder Profiles

Black History Month Pathfinder Profile: Rosa Parks

You have probably heard the story of how a tired seamstress became an accidental activist after she refused to give up her seat to a white man on a bus in Montgomery. You have probably also heard how her refusal to give up her seat ignited the Montgomery Bus Boycott nearly overnight. That story is…

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Black History Month Pathfinder Profile: Percival L. Prattis

Percival Leon Prattis was a journalist, activist and a catalyst for justice and equality.  He was educated at Hampton Institute in Hampton, Virginia and Ferris Institute where he was a member of the debate team. Prattis was also a veteran who served in the United States Army during World War I. Prattis is best known…

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Black History Month Pathfinder Profile: Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler

Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler was an author, activist and a physician. She was inspired to enter the medical field after watching her aunt work as a nurse in the community. Rebecca was raised by her aunt and decided early in her life she would to serve her community in a similar way. Before earning her…

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Black History Month Pathfinder Profile: Charles H. Houston

Charles Hamilton Houston was a brilliant legal scholar and the social engineer primarily responsible for developing the legal strategy that eventually led the United States Supreme Court to declare segregation in American schools unconstitutional. After serving in WWI Houston enrolled at Harvard Law School. He made history early in his legal career as he was the first…

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Black History Month Pathfinder Profile: Shirley Chisholm

Shirley Chisholm is a political pioneer who made history as the first black woman to serve in Congress in 1968. Chisholm sought first to serve the people even taking time to work as a Census taker to combat the distrust poor minorities had in their government. Of her experience, Chisholm said she wanted to make…

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Black History Month Pathfinder Profile: Bayard Rustin

If you have heard of the Montgomery Bus Boycott or the March on Washington you have heard of Bayard Rustin’s work. Bayard Rustin was a civil rights organizer and activist, best known for his work as adviser to Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1950s and ’60s. Rustin was also skilled in logistics and organizing….

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Black History Month Pathfinder Profiles: Dr. Ella Piper

As the native son of District 17 it is always a pleasure to learn more about all the people who have helped shape our District as we know it today. During Black History Month we will profile Blacks who have forged a new path forward and made a lasting impact. These are our Pathfinders. Today…

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