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By: Wayne Hopper, Legal Assistant

In celebration of Black History Month, Woodruff Family Law Group wants to shine a light on important contributions to African American advancement in the legal world and on the civil rights movement in general. It would be difficult to have that discussion without mentioning former North Carolina Chief Justice Henry Frye. Frye has been a trailblazer in various fields including law, politics, and scholarship, and his influence within these fields has served to inspire new generations to overcome obstacles and create their own “firsts.” Continue reading →

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In honor of Black History Month, we reflect on the lasting impact that activist and journalist Ida B. Wells had on the women’s suffrage movement and the anti-lynching movement.


Ida was born into slavery in 1862 in Mississippi. With the end of the Civil War in 1865, slavery was abolished, and the Reconstruction Era began. She was influenced by her parents, who became activists during this time.


When Ida was 16, her parents and baby brother died from yellow fever, and she was left to raise her younger siblings. She supported the family through her work as a teacher, although she was fired from her teaching position when she spoke out against segregation. She moved to Memphis in 1881.

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By Wayne Hopper, Guest Blogger

In an exciting first, the U.S. Mint is rolling out its much-anticipated American Women Quarters Program. The 2022 release of the program begins circulation this month and features five women from various backgrounds who have been influential in American society and to humanity. The five women chosen for 2022 are Maya Angelou, Dr. Sally Ride, Wilma Mankiller, Nina Otero-Warren, and Anna May Wong. The program will continue through 2025.

In honor of Black History Month, Woodruff Family Law Group takes a closer look at Maya Angelou, a 2022 American Women Quarter Honoree. Angelou was an American writer, teacher, and civil rights activist.

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