The purpose of this book of brief biographies is to keep the memory of our black trailblazers alive, and to inspire further research on these extraordinary individuals. In spite of the racial divide and the negative sentiments that existed during their time, they pursued a path that improved the dire circumstances of many. It often came at a cost, nevertheless, adversity fueled their determination to make a difference. Their brave actions and significant contributions changed the course of history. The men and women mentioned in this book are but a fraction of those that were instrumental in bringing about that change.
Barbara A. Pierce lived in Memphis, Tennessee until moving to New York City at an early age. She attended junior high there, then high school in Mount Vernon, New York. After graduation, she worked as a telephone operator for two and a half years before entering college in Pennsylvania. Upon receiving a degree in education, she began a career as an elementary school teacher that lasted for thirty-fi ve years. It was during that time she pursued and earned a Master’s Degree in education and reading. After retiring in 2003, she became a substitute teacher at the same school. Since retirement, she has written ten children’s books. “Remembering Our Black Trailblazers and Their Legacies” is number ten. Remembering Our Black Trailblazers and Their Legacies BARBARA A. PIERCE