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Library Spotlights: African American History Month

Highlights of historical and current legal issues

Enjoy these articles and documents about our country's African American History.


"I have a great belief in the future of my people and my country."

—Marian Anderson

"Deemed one of the finest contraltos of her time, Marian Anderson became the first African American to perform with the New York Metropolitan Opera in 1955." ( 2016)

Lessons from The Memphis 13:

What 13 First Graders have to Teach About Law, Life, and the Legacy of Brown

by Daniel Kiel

Photo by Fred Griffith, The Commercial Appeal Files


Jesse H. Turner, Jr.

  • Chairman and President of Tri State Bank
  • National Assistant Treasurer and Board Member of the NAACP

Jesse H. Turner, Sr.

  • President of Tri-State Bank                                                            
  • President Memphis Chapter NAACP
  • First African American Chairman of the Shelby County Board of Commissioners
  • Civil Rights Leader