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HIST 3920 History of White Rage : Local Black Historical Figures

Biographical Narrative of a Local Black Historical Figure

Students enrolled in Professor Eckelmann Berghel's HIST 3920 History of White Rage course offered in Spring 2021 may use this guide to identify historical figures and sources to complete the required Research & Biographical Narrative of a Local Black Historical Figure assignment.

Local Black Historical Figures

Students may select a historical figure to research from the list provided below:

Brown, Tommie*

UTC professor and first black department head at the university from the 1970s through the 1990s. Professor Brown was later elected as a member of the Tennessee State Legislature, where she served from 1992-2012.

Cousin, Maxine

Galvanized to act by her father's untimely death in Chattanooga jail cell at the hands of the authorities, Cousin founded Concerned Citizens for Justice, a local local organization dedicated to fighting racism and police brutality.

Favors, Joanne

An active participant in Chattanooga lunch counter sit-ins organized by Howard High School students in 1960, Favors now serves as a representative in the Tennessee General Assembly.

Hutchins, Styles L.

African American attorney in turn-of-the-century Chattanooga who helped represent the case of lynching victim Ed Johnson in the Supreme Court in United States v. Shipp.

Mapp, James*

A local NAACP leader, Mapp led efforts to enforce the Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education decision to integrate the public schools in Chattanooga.

Miller, Randolph

Editor of the Chattanooga Blade, an African American newspaper published from 1898 until 1914.

Moore, Ralph

Editor of the Black United Front newsletter, a Black Power newsletter published in Chattanooga in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Parden, Noah W.

African American attorney in turn-of-the-century Chattanooga who helped represent the case of lynching victim Ed Johnson in the Supreme Court in United States v. Shipp.

Ricks, Willie

From Chattanooga, Ricks was the Field Organizer for the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, a civil rights movement organization for students.

Stephenson, Rodney

UTC student activist who fought for Civil Rights on campus in the early 1970s and was an early member of the Black Student Association. Note: Some items in Digital Collections are under the incorrect spelling: Rodney Stevenson, so for comprehensive searching, try both spellings.

Traylor, Horace*

First black student to graduate from the University of Chattanooga. Also administrator of Chattanooga City College and later the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Wheeler, Emma

Founder of Walden Hospital, the first hospital in Chattanooga to be owned, operated, and staffed by African Americans and dedicated to their treatment.

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