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Anderson, Charles W., Jr.

(born: 1907  -  died: 1960) 

Anderson, born in Louisville, KY, was the son of Dr. Charles W. and Tabetha Murphy Anderson. He was a graduate of Wilberforce University and received his law degree from Howard University School of Law. Anderson was admitted to the Kentucky Bar in 1933, and in 1936, as a Republican, was elected to the Kentucky House of Representatives, making him the first African American Kentucky legislator. He had competed against five other candidates: Charles E. Tucker, Rev. Ernest Grundy, Dr. Richard P. Beckman, James D. Bailey, all Democrats, and Lee L. Brown, a Republican. Anderson is credited with a number of early Civil Rights measures, including the Anderson-Mayer State Aid Act, which provided funding for African Americans to seek higher education out of state because Kentucky enforced higher education segregation laws. Anderson was also appointed alternate delegate to the United Nations. For more see Not Without Struggle, by J. B. Horton; and Kentucky Encyclopedia 2000 [electronic version available on the University of Kentucky campus and off campus via the proxy server]. Charles W. Anderson, Jr. was the brother to Florence G. Anderson, one of the daughters of Charles W. Anderson, Sr. and his first wife Mildred Saunders Anderson.

 


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NKAA Entry: Tucker, Charles Ewbank
NKAA Entry: Brown, Lee L.
NKAA Entry: Horton, John Benjamin
NKAA Entry: Muir, Florence G. Anderson
NKAA Source: Not without struggle : an account of the most significant political and social-action changes that have occurred in the lives of black Kentuckians in the twentieth century
NKAA Source: The Kentucky encyclopedia (2000)

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