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Dr. John O. Brown, one of the giants of Dade county's civil rights movement. An opthamologist from Oklahoma, Brown arrived in Miami after WWII and immediately became a leader of the movement in Miami. His son is one of the twelve Black children to sue the Dade County School Board to desegregate the schools
 

 
M. Athalie ("Mama") Range in 1971 with Governor Reuben O. Askew . She was appointed by the governor as the first Black person to sit on the Miami City Commission in 1965. She was later appointed as Florida Secretary of Community Affairs. Political leaders, including U.S. presidents, still highly prize the advice and support of Athalie Range.

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Father Theodore R. Gibson (1915-1982), the most preeminent civil rights leader of the 1960s and 1970s. Gibson was pastor of the venerable Christ Episcopal Church when he was elected to the Miami City Commission in 1972. He also headed the Miami chapter of the NAACP during the civil rights movement in Dade county.
 

 
Joe Lang Kershaw, a Dade county public school teacher and the first Black person to be elected to the Florida House of Representatives since Reconstruction.

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Representative Gwendolyn Sawyer Cherry, daughter of pioneer physician Dr. W. B. Sawyer, became the first Black woman to serve in the Florida state legislature. She was succeeded by Carrie P. Meek.
 

 
Congresswoman Carrie P. Meek was elected to the U. S. House of Representatives in 1986, becoming the first Black person from Dade county to be elected to Congress. In 1982 she was the first Black woman to be elected to the Florida Senate.

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United States District Court Judge, Wilkie D. Ferguson Jr. The first Black person from Dade county to server as a federal judge. Ferguson grew up in Opa-Locka.
 


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