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Alice Allison Dunnigan, Russellville, Ky. (1906-1983). African American. Ms. Dunnigan rose from a small, segregated school in Russellville to participating in the heights of political power. As a journalist, she covered – and influenced – presidents from Harry Truman to Lyndon Johnson and encouraged them to end segregation and support equal opportunity in education, employment and housing. Ms. Dunnigan attended Kentucky State University and was a public school teacher from 1924-1942. Ms. Dunnigan began her journalism career after World War II at the Associated Negro Press, where she headed the Washington Bureau. Her reports were carried in 112 newspapers and read by thousands of people across the country.
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