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Dr. Wright has written more than a half dozen books about African-American history in Missouri and in particularly the St. Louis region. His August topic will be “Extraordinary Black Missourians.” He published a 2013 book by the same title that explores more than 100 pioneers, educators, civil rights activists, scientists, entertainers, athletes, journalists, authors, soldiers, and attorneys who have lived in the state for part or all of their lives: Josephine Baker, Lloyd Gaines, Langston Hughes, Annie Malone, Dred Scott, Roy Wilkins, and others who have contributed to the African American legacy of Missouri. Wright’s book attempts to put a face on these individuals and tells of their joys, failures, hardships, and triumphs over sometimes insurmountable odds.
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