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Week of 2/18/13

Shirley Chisholm
Shirley Chisholm became the first black congresswoman and for seven terms represented New York State in the House of Representatives. She ran for the Democratic nomination for president in 1972 making her the first African American to run for president. Throughout her political career Chisholm fought for education opportunities and social justice. She left congress in 1983 to teach and lecture. She died in 2005.

Lewis H. Latimer

Lewis Howard Latimer worked closely with Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell, in addition to designing his own inventions. Latimer helped draft the patent for Bell's design of the telephone. He was also involved in the field of incandescent lighting, working for Hiram Maxim. We credit Thomas Edison with the invention of the light bulb. However, Lewis Latimer invented a method of making carbon filaments for the Maxim electric incandescent lamp. Thus making the light bulb last longer and less expensive.

Lonnie Johnson

Inventor of the world famous Super Soaker

Patricia Bath
Dr. Bath invented a method of eye surgery that has helped many people regain vision. In 1976, Bath co-founded the American Institute for the Prevention of Blindness, which established that "eyesight is a basic human right." In 1986, Bath invented the Laserphaco Probe, improving treatment for cataract patients. She patented the device in 1988, becoming the first African-American female doctor to receive a medical patent.




The Dunbar School was the first and only segregated school in Tucson established in 1912. The school was completed in January 1918, for the purpose of educating Tucson's African-American students and named after Paul Lawrence Dunbar, a renowned African-American Poet. African-American children in first through ninth grades attended Dunbar until 1951, when de-jure segregation was eliminated from the school systems of Arizona. When segregation in Arizona was eliminated, Dunbar School became the non-segregated John Spring Junior High School, and continued as such until 1978 when the school was closed permanently.

The Dunbar Coalition, Inc. purchased the building from Tucson Unified School District in 1995, and is undertaking the task of renovating the school and converting it into an African-American Museum and Cultural Center. The renovation will preserve the historic building while creating a center to house artifacts and memorabilia that document the contributions African-Americans made to the development of the Great Southwest.
The Dunbar Project