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Disrupters & interlopers: Charles Gomillion

To borrow the wording from his New York Times obituary in 1995, Dr. Charles Gomillion “led the fight that brought political power to the black majority in Tuskegee, Alabama.” Gomillion was a sociology professor and dean at Tuskegee Institute when he took on the Alabama legislature and its gerrymandered voting map of the Macon County seat in the late 1950s. His civil case, Gomillion v. Lightfoot, went all the way to the US Supreme Court. Born in South Carolina in 1900, Charles Goode Gomillion left his inadequate African-American school at… Read more Disrupters & interlopers: Charles Gomillion