12 Black Pioneers Whose Contributions Undoubtedly Changed Education in America

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Alexander Twilight (Sept. 23, 1795 – June 19, 1857)

Twilight was the first African-American to receive a bachelor’s degree in America from Middlebury College in 1823. In 1836, Twilight also became the first Black man elected to public office. He served in the Vermont General Assembly.

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Henry Ossian Flipper (March 21, 1856 – May 3, 1940)

Flipper changed the academic scene at West Point by being its first African-American graduate in 1877, and then the first commissioned officer. He led the 10th Calvary of the Buffalo Soldiers, the first Black person to do that.

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  1. Proud to be in such company….Dt. Deborah D. Dancy, Educator (Boston)