Benjamin Dixon


Jack Dougherty and Jasmin Agosto

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Benjamin Dixon (born 1939) recalls his activism against housing discrimination in Greater Hartford with Education/Instruccion during the 1970s. In addition, he discusses growing up as an African-American in the Barbour Street area, encountering racism at Hartford Public High School, and receiving support from his mother and individual educators. After graduating from Howard University and Harvard Graduate School of Education, he returned to teach music in Hartford Public Schools and became active in the teachers' union. He and his family were the first black residents in their neighborhood in Windsor. Dixon later became an education administrator who served in Bloomfield, the Capitol Region Education Council, and the Connecticut Department of Education.


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