Tuskegee, Alabama, is associated with Tuskegee University, the Tuskegee Airmen, Booker T. Washington, and George Washington Carver. Named after the Taskigi, it is the site of the first law school in Alabama and had local schools long before there was a public school system. Tuskegee Normal School for Colored Teachers (now Tuskegee University) was pivotal to the city being a beacon of African American achievement for a century. The birthplace of civil rights icon Rosa Parks, radio host Tom Joyner, and singer Lionel Richie, it is where Olympic star Alice Coachman was dubbed the “Tuskegee Flash” and where important court cases guaranteeing voting rights and equal education were fought. The city was also the site of the infamous medical experiment that threatened to stain the school’s triumphant legacy.
Author Bio: Amalia K. Amaki teams with civil rights legend Amelia Platts Boynton Robinson to construct a visual narrative of Tuskegee. Amelia, matriarch of the voting rights movement, brings invaluable insight to the story being a nearly 40-year resident of the city, having been George Washington Carver’s personal friend, and as the oldest living alumna of Tuskegee University. Together, the authors celebrate Tuskegee’s unique history through vintage images and postcards from various sources.
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