Lester Blackwell Granger


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(1896–1976) Lester Blackwell Granger, an outspoken advocate for interracial cooperation and equal opportunity for Black people, was best known for his leadership of the Urban League and for his efforts to desegregate the U.S. armed forces after World War 11. Born in Newport News, Virginia, Granger was the son of a physician and a schoolteacher. After graduating from Dartmouth College in 1917, Granger served for two years in France during World War I. Returning to civilian life, he worked for the New Jersey Urban League but soon left to teach at Winston-Salem State University and St. Augustine's College in Raleigh, North Carolina. In 1922 he became an extension worker at the Manual Training School for Colored Youth in Bordentown, New Jersey. He reorganized the Los Angeles affiliate of the Urban League in 1930, worked briefly at Bordentown, and returned to the Urban League in 1934.


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