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Hattye Yarbrough, MLS’66: History in the Making

by Jul. 1, 2017, 3:11 PM

As a high school student living with her aunt’s family in Paris, Tennessee, Hattye Thomas Yarbrough inherited a room with a bookcase full of books by African American authors. Works by civil rights leader James Weldon Johnson, poet Langston Hughes, writer W.E.B. Du Bois, and copies of magazines and newspapers such as Negro Digest and The Chicago Defender opened up a new world for the teen.

“Out of that experience,” she says, “I told myself there would never be a child growing up around me who would not know that we’ve made a difference as African Americans in this country.”


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