Black History Month –John Swett Rock

A great example for Black History Month.

Filosofa's Word

There are so many true heroes in black American history that it’s hard to choose just one or even a dozen.  This year for black history month, I wanted to highlight some people that are a bit less well-known than, say, Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, or Martin Luther King.  I began last week with Thomas Mundy Peterson, the first African-American to cast a vote.  Today, I would like to introduce you to John Swett Rock, the first black lawyer admitted to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court, a man who in his short 41-year life, was a school teacher and administrator, dentist, physician, lawyer, and human rights and abolitionist activist.  Quite a plateful, wouldn’t you say?

Mr. Rock was born in Salem County, New Jersey, on October 13, 1825. Living in a slave-free state but with modest means, his parents rejected the common but often necessary practice…

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