Civil Rights leader and businessman, M. Carl Holman

M. Carl
Fri, 1919-06-27

On this date in 1918, M. Carl Holman was born. He was an African American civil rights leader and president of the National Urban Coalition (1971-88) who promoted the need for a mutual partnership between industry and government to foster inner-city development.

Holman was born in Minter City, MS. He graduated magna cum laude from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, MO. He received an M.A. from the University of Chicago, in 1944, and earned a master of fine arts degree from Yale University in 1954. While a faculty member in English and humanities at Clark College in Atlanta, he joined students in founding the black journal, "The Atlanta Inquirer," in 1960. Two years later, Holman joined the staff of the United States Commission on Civil Rights, rising to deputy staff director in 1966. Two years later he became vice president of programs at the National Urban Coalition, an organization that was formed after the inner-city race riots of 1967.

While serving as the organization's president, Holman advocated programs in housing, education, employment opportunities, job training, and economic development. He forged liaisons between the Black and Hispanic communities and was an influential organizer and meeting planner. During the 1980s, he was active in developing programs to help minority and female children develop scientific, mathematical, and computer skills. M. Carl Holman died on August 9, 1988 in Washington, D.C.

The African American Atlas
Black History & Culture an Illustrated Reference
by Molefi K. Asanta and Mark T. Mattson
Macmillam USA, Simon & Schuster, New York
ISBN 0-02-864984-2

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