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William J. Simmons
(26 Jun 1849 - 30 Oct 1890)

Black-American administrator, author and editor who was born in poverty as the son of two slaves, but became the president of the State University, Louisville, and had a great impact on black education in Kentucky. His book, Men of Mark: Eminent, Progressive and Rising (1887), contained over 170 sketches of the lives of outstanding African Americans.

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Mr. [Granville T.] Woods says that he has been frequently refused work because of the previous condition of his race, but he has had great determination and will and never despaired because of disappointments. He always carried his point by persistent efforts. He says the day is past when colored boys will be refused work only because of race prejudice. There are other causes. First, the boy has not the nerve to apply for work after being refused at two or three places. Second, the boy should have some knowledge of mechanics. The latter could be gained at technical schools, which should be founded for the purpose. And these schools must sooner or later be established, and thereby, we should be enabled to put into the hands of our boys and girls the actual means of livelihood.
— William J. Simmons
From William J. Simmons, Men of Mark: Eminent, Progressive and Rising (1887), 108.
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