The Life and Legacy of Walter Thomas Dixon, Sr.


The following is an excerpt of a February 22, 1999 article written by Philip J. Merrill for the Baltimore Sun, detailing the life and legacy of Walter T. Dixon.

"Baltimore is dotted with buildings, statues and street signs dedicated to the memory of noted civic leaders, black and white. But one important African-American leader has received little such attention: Walter Thomas Dixon, Sr.

Dixon -- an educator, entrepreneur, politician and social activist -- started fighting for equality for African-Americans in Baltimore after moving here in 1934.

The son of a lawyer, Dixon was born in Columbia, S.C., in 1893, but was raised in Williamstown, Mass. His educational background is impressive even today: He held bachelor's and master's degrees from Howard University and studied law at American University."

Read the rest of this article at http://articles.baltimoresun.com/1999-02-22/news/9902200382_1_dixon-black-history-black-voter

A PORTRAIT OF WALTER T. DIXON, A JUNE 1951 YEARBOOK FROM THE CORTEZ W. PETERS BUSINESS SCHOOL, WHERE DIXON SERVED AS DEAN, A PLAQUE TO WALTER DIXON FROM CHARLES HAMILTON HOUSTON JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL #181, AND AN ALPHA PHI ALPHA PENNANT. ARTIFACTS COURTESY OF NANNY JACK & CO. ARCHIVES.

Nanny Jack & Co. has an extensive Walter Dixon archive of photographs, letters, and other memorabilia of both his personal and political life. More information about the tremendous life of Walter T. Dixon will be included in a future post.


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