Saturday, September 11, 2010
Courier Staff Report
Crispus Attucks Wright, born in 1914 to a former slave, rose from selling newspapers on streetcorners to become a prominent Beverly Hills attorney and businessman especially noted for his generosity.
His father, Warner Wright, Sr., was born enslaved on a Louisiana plantation and freed at the age of eight. He attended a college founded for ex-slaves and established himself with a career in education, serving as the principal of a school in Alexandria, Va. He had eight children, naming several of them after African-American heroes. Crispus was named after Crispus Attucks, the first African-American to die in the Cival War. Warner Wright, Sr., died when Crispus was six years old.
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