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Three Legends Who Called Alabama Home

Dr. Bailey spoke at a Feb 19th lecture on Outstanding Black Alabamians.

They Too Call Alabama Home: African-American Profiles, 1800-1999

When ASU alumnus Dr. Richard Bailey (1971,1972) was asked to recount the stories of influential African-American Alabamians during Black History Month, he was able to draw from a ready resource – his reference book of 393 profiles titled “They Too Call Alabama Home: African-American Profiles, 1800-1999.” The Montgomery historian’s Feb. 19 lecture focused on three worthy subjects — Margaret Walker, W.C. Handy and Nat King Cole.

“I want people to think of Alabama when they think of Walker, Handy and Cole,” said Bailey. “Even though these great people left the state, they still have ties here. Their achievements were simply magnificent.”


Richard Bailey is a historian and the author of the book, “They Too Call Alabama Home: African American Profiles, 1800-1998. “

ASU Today, March 2002

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