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Linda M. Carter

missionary and founding father of the state of Liberia, was born in Hicksford, Greensville County, Virginia, the elder son of John Day Sr., an affluent furniture maker, farmer, and landowner, and Mourning Stewart Day. The Days were free African Americans, and Day's father, as early as the 1789 election, was accorded voting status.

In an era when formal education for African Americans was rare, Day reaped the benefits of being the offspring of two prominent families. His father arranged for him to board in Edward Whitehorne's home, and Day, along with the Whitehorne children, attended Jonathan Bailey's school. While residing with the family, Day received some level of religious instruction from Whitehorne. In 1807 Day's father, who had been residing in Dinwiddie County, Virginia, purchased a plantation in Sussex County, Virginia, near the Whitehorne residence, and Day then attended William Northcross's school.

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was born in the Bronx, New York, to Lloyd Patterson, Sr., and Margaret Patterson. He attended Spaulding Middle School in the Bronx, Westfield High School, in Westfield, New Jersey, and graduated from the Hampton Institute in Hampton, Virginia, in 1931.

After graduating from Hampton, Patterson tried getting interior design and painting jobs in the local area, but had little success. Not long after graduation, Patterson accompanied the writer Langston Hughes and twenty one other African‐Americans—including Wayland Rudd, Homer Smith, Louise Thompson and Sylvia Garner to Moscow U S S R to make a film titled Black and White Sponsored by the Soviet government the film was intended to be a truthful representation of race relations in America The Soviets were eager to capitalize on having Americans portray the racial injustices in their own country however their surprising ignorance of racial relations in the United ...