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Herman, Alexis  

Mohammed Badrul Alam

public servant and the first African American secretary of labor. Alexis Herman is among the few African American women who as a public servant rose to great heights through innovative and entrepreneurial skills. She was born in Mobile, Alabama, on 16 July 1947 and was educated at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin (1965–1967), Spring Hill College in Mobile (1967), Xavier University in New Orleans (1969), and the University of South Alabama (1970–1972 Inspired by the civil rights movements of the 1960s as well as by the women s and labor movements of the 1970s Herman worked strenuously to desegregate her old high school in Mobile During her childhood she looked on in awe when her father sued the Democratic Party to let African Americans vote he later became the first African American wardsman in Alabama As a proactive outreach worker in Pascagoula ...


Herman, Alexis M.  

Jaime McLean

As a community activist, businesswoman, and political manager, Alexis Herman has devoted her life to resolving labor issues and advocating for American workers. Throughout her thirty-five-year career, Herman has been successful in translating her experiences with workers into effective labor policy. Having dealt with both gender and racial discrimination herself, Herman has dedicated her life to exposing institutional barriers and developing policies based on “common sense ideas that improve the bottom line.”

Alexis Margaret Herman was born in Mobile, Alabama. After graduating from Heart of Mary High School in 1965, Herman moved to Wisconsin, where she attended Edgewood College. In 1967 she transferred to Spring Hill College in Mobile before going on to Xavier University in New Orleans, where in 1969 she received her BS. Herman later did graduate work at the University of South Alabama while pursuing a career in community activism.

Herman s early career provided ...


Herman, Alexis Margaret  

Jamal Donaldson Briggs

politician, was born to Alex Herman and Gloria Capronis in Mobile, Alabama. Her father, a mortician and a prominent political activist, sued the Democratic Party in an effort to allow blacks to vote and is credited as the first black elected in the South since Reconstruction when he became a wardsman. Her mother, Gloria, was a reading teacher.

Religion most shaped Herman's youth. Her Roman Catholic parents shunned segregated state education and enrolled her in parochial schools. At the time, these were still segregated, but employed white priests and nuns whose tutoring was, in Herman's recollection, colorblind. Her father once took her high school class on an unusual field trip: to a meeting of the Alabama Citizens Council, the front for the Ku Klux Klan. She graduated from Most Pure Heart of Mary High School in 1965 Shortly thereafter Herman attended Edgewood College in Madison Wisconsin and ...