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University honors Maine civil rights leader with fellowship


Added 09-14-19 02:03:02pm EST - “A Maine university is honoring the state's first African-American legislator through a new three-year fellowship.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “University honors Maine civil rights leader with fellowship”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A Maine university is honoring the state’s first African-American legislator through a new three-year fellowship.

The Portland Press Herald reports the University of Southern Maine is creating a new teaching fellowship dedicated to examining race in honor of 87-year-old Gerald Talbot.

Talbot attended the March on Washington in 1963, when Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech.

He also served as president of Portland’s NAACP chapter in 1964, when it was re-established after a five-year hiatus. Talbot was also instrumental in passing Maine’s first law protecting fair housing and human rights.

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