Updated, Jan. 13, 2017: This segment was chosen for rebroadcast on St. Louis on the Air on Jan. 16, 2017. The story and segment were originally published on May 16, 2013.
The legacy of African Americans who have made contributions in Missouri is highlighted in a new book written by retired local educators John and Sylvia Wright.
The name of the book is Extraordinary Black Missourians: Pioneers, Leaders, Performers, Athletes, & Other Notables Who’ve Made History.
Many of the people highlighted in the book such as Dred Scott, Langston Hughes and Scott Joplin are well-known. Others such as concert pianist Blind Boone and teacher and entomologist Charles Henry Turner are not as well known.
Host Don Marsh talked with John Wright about many of the more than 100 African Americans who he profiled in the book.
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