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Evans, William L., Sr.

(born: 1885  -  died: September 8, 1966) 

Born in Louisville, KY, William L. Evans, Sr. received an A.B. from Fisk University in 1909. He taught school in Louisville in 1910, took advanced study at Columbia University, from 1910 to 1911, and earned his M.A. from the University of Buffalo in 1930. He was Industrial Secretary of the Chicago Urban League, 1919-1923, worked with Plato and Evans Architectural Firm, 1923-1927, and was executive secretary of the Buffalo Urban League, beginning in 1927. Evans had also been a teacher before moving to Buffalo. He was a member of the Buffalo Commission in the New York State Commission Against Discrimination. Evans was the author of three articles: "Federal Housing Brings Racial Segregation to Buffalo," "Race, Fear and Housing," and "The Negro Community in 1948." William L. Evans, Sr. died September 8, 1966 in Bufallo, NY. He was the son of Susie and David Evans, Sr. He was the father of W. Leonard Evans, Jr. For more see Who's Who in Colored America, 1933-37 & 1950; and Strangers in the Land of Paradise, by L. S. Williams.

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Cited in this Entry

NKAA Entry: Plato, Samuel M.
NKAA Entry: Evans, W. Leonard, Jr.
NKAA Source: Who's who in colored America; a biographical dictionary of notable living persons of Negro descent in the United States [1927, 1933-37]
NKAA Source: Who's who in colored America: an illustrated biographical directory of notable living persons of African descent in the United States (1950)
NKAA Source: Strangers in the land of paradise: the creation of an African American community, Buffalo, New York 1900-1940

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