“Little progress ‘happens’," stated Faburn DeFrantz. "Usually it must be wrested from influences that—either belligerently or indifferently—deny it.”
The first African-American to represent Indianapolis in Washington was also the Circle City’s first Congresswoman.
Being the first African-American to graduate from Western Michigan Teachers College wasn't enough to land Merze Tate a teaching job in her home state.
Indianapolis-born Kurt Vonnegut always placed his alma mater--Shortridge High School--beyond the range of his trademark slings and arrows.
The team from Crispus Attucks High School won the state basketball championship in 1955, the first time a team from an all-black school took a state title.