Flute in the Marching Band Gwen Simon Gain
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Growing up in New Jersey the third of nine sisters, Gwen Simon Gain recognized from her earliest days the denigrating circumstances under which American Negroes were forced to live. In March of 1965, at the age of thirty-fi ve, leaving a husband and four young children behind, she answered the call of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to go one thousand miles to Selma, Alabama, to join the March on Montgomery, the state capital, there to demand the right of Southern Negroes to register and vote in local and national elections. Following the passage of the Civil Rights Voting Bill in 1965, Ms. Gain graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 1967 and became the fi rst paid Caucasian female to direct a volunteer organization working to end discrimination in housing in South Jersey. From 1967 to 1972, she and her group Project Free (For Real Estate Equality) brought about several major legal decisions in favor ofblack home seekers in New Jersey. Now eighty, Ms. Gain has made her home in Florida for the past thirty-two years, where she continues to write historical memoirs.
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