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BACHMAN, Dwight

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BACHMAN, Dwight. (Waterloo, IA- ). In 1970 Bachman, a twenty-three year old graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, was hired as a human rights administrator for the City of Dubuque's Human Rights Commission. The commission requested a staff administrator during the summer of 1969, but was denied. The lack of an administrator had caused the local commission to come under criticism by the Iowa Civil Rights Department for "inactivity."

When Bachman, a speech major in college and vice-president of the Afro-American Society at UNI, was hired he made it clear that he was only interested in the position until September. He planned to pursue graduate study at Cornell University.

Bachman served four months as Dubuque's first human rights director. He began "Project Reactions-Actions," a community education program dealing with AFRICAN AMERICANS. Bachman believed white Americans had to learn why African Americans were proud. More African Americans, he believed also, needed to know why they should show pride in their heritage.

In June 1970, Bachman left Dubuque to pursue graduate work at Cornell University in New York.

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Source:

Bulkley, John. "Dubuque Hires Human Rights Administrator," Telegraph Herald, February 1, 1970