June Shagaloff Alexander

June Shagaloff Alexander (born June 14, 1928) is a U.S. civil rights activist. June Shagaloff Alexander was born in 1928 in New York City. Her parents, Samuel Shagaloff and Gertrude Bellinson, emigrated to the United States from Russia in 1905. Their household was secular Jewish, and valued socialist ideals. Her father was a pharmacist who owned and managed a drugstore, first in Merrick and then in Baldwin, Long Island. As a child, she spent time at her father’s store and, in the summer, at nearby Jones Beach. Because of her dark skin, some people believed she was African-American and, at an early age, she experienced discrimination on several occasions. These experiences left a lasting impression, and contributed to her civil rights activism as an adult. In 1946, she enrolled at the University of Cincinatti and at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, where she studied to be a concert pianist, and ultimately graduated from New York University in 1950 with a degree in Sociology. In 1950, June Shagaloff Alexander joined the NAACP Legal Department, later the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, headed by Thurgood Marshall.

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June 14th, 1928


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