Black Iowans Who Influenced the World

Everyday Iowans fought injustices locally and nationally. These Iowa stories will inspire you and your students to right wrongs big and small to change the world in which we live.

From abolitionist to school integration, learn how Alexander Clark fought for civil rights for all Iowans.

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Social Studies

Explore the life of Iowan, Alexander Clark from school desegregation to U.S. Ambassador to Liberia.

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Examine how Alexander Clark’s work influenced the lives of Black Americans before and after the Civil War.

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Learn about the first successful school desegregation case in the United States.

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Discover how Alexander Clark and the work of abolitionists in Iowa played a critical role in the abolitionist movement.

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Once residents left Buxton they quickly found that life outside of their town was an unwelcome dose of reality.

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Explore Freedom Summer, the 1964 voter registration drive to register Black voters in Mississippi.

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Learn about scientist, teacher, humanitarian, environmentalist and artist George Washington Carver.

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Social Studies, STEM

Explore the life of Dr. Carver. Born into slavery, Carver become one of the best-known black Americans in the world.

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Social Studies, STEM

In the early 1900s black and white residents lived side by side in the small mining town of Buxton.

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Learn how Alexander Clark’s Iowa Supreme Court case played a pivotal role in desegregating schools in our country.

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Buxton Iowa's impact on America has lasted for generations. Explore the racial harmony that existed in this Iowa town.

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