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Elzy, Robert James

(born: 1884  -  died: 1972) 

Born in Lexington, KY, Robert Elzy was a 1909 graduate of Fisk University and completed his graduate work at Columbia University and New York University. He was assistant principal and a teacher at Joseph K. Brick School [NCpedia] in Enfield, NC, then taught for a year at State Normal School for Colored Persons [now Kentucky State University].

Elzy left Kentucky to practice social work in Brooklyn, NY. He was the founder and executive secretary of the Brooklyn Urban League, chaired the Colored Case Committee of the Bedford and Ft. Green districts of the Brooklyn Bureau of Charities, and was treasurer of the Brooklyn Social Service League.

Robert Elzy was the husband of Louise Voorhees Elzy.

For more see Who's Who in Colored America, 1928-29 and 1950; and "Robert Elzy of Urban League, champion of Black welfare, dies," New York Times, 2/20/1972, p. 68.

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