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Dr. Charles Gomillion was born in Johnston, South Carolina on April 1, 1900. Gomillion, son of a former slave, was an educator and community activist, who worked at Tuskegee Institute from 1928-1971. Gomillion, a tireless activist for voting rights, was the lead plaintiff in Gomillion v. Lightfoot, the landmark case that outlawed racial gerrymandering and helped pave the way for passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

 

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