Despite Segregation, Black High Schools Did Big Things

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  • A Star Performer in the Nation’s Capital
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In Memphis, a High School that Produced Notable Graduates

Booker T. Washington High School in Memphis was among the first public high schools in Memphis for African-Americans in this segregated Tennessee city. The school’s graduates include former Washington mayor Marion Barry and Benjamin Hooks, the former NAACP president. (Photos from left: Robert Giroux/Files /Landov/REUTERS, Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) 

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