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date: 06 August 2020

Martin, Louis E. locked

(18 Nov. 1912–27 Jan. 1997),
  • Steven J. Niven

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journalist and Democratic Party activist, was born Louis Emanuel Martin Jr. in Shelbyville, Tennessee, the only son of Louis E. Martin, a physician, and Willa (Hill) Martin When Louis Jr was four the Martins moved from his mother s hometown in Tennessee to Savannah Georgia whose climate reminded the boy s father of his hometown of Santiago Cuba Martin later recalled that he became a civil rights advocate at the age of seven when he witnessed an incident in his father s medical office Informed that a white man wanted to see him Dr Martin who had been napping immediately rushed to meet the white man I always regretted that my old man got up Louis told an interviewer decades later But in showing that just being a white man made a hell of a lot of difference the episode also taught young Louis about the centrality ...

A version of this article originally appeared in African American National Biography.

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