Mildred García: Trailblazer Jewel Plummer Cobb Made Dreams Happen; Her Legacy Alive

The parents beamed as they opened the letter from the prestigious university, assuming it was yet another reminder that their daughter, a newly enrolled freshman, was achieving her dreams. Instead, the message proved to be part of an ongoing nightmare that they, as African Americans, had long lived with. Their only daughter, who had worked so hard to gain admittance to the university, would not be allowed to live in the on-campus dorms due to the color of her skin. She and the rest of her African American classmates were relegated to an off-campus residence.

And so began the higher education journey of one of the most accomplished and groundbreaking people in both academia and the sciences: Jewel Plummer Cobb. 

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