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Reginald Booker at Roosevelt High School: 1957 | by Washington Area Spark
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Reginald Booker at Roosevelt High School: 1957

Reginald Booker (first row, far left), a long-time black liberation activist and leader, is shown in the 1957 Roosevelt High School Rough Rider yearbook.


Booker would graduate in 1961. He had already begun attending civil rights demonstrations in junior high and would expose the District schools’ track system shortly after graduation.


He would go on to help desegregate department stores and hospitals, refuse to fight in Vietnam, organize a boycott of D.C. schools, lead a fight against building D.C. freeways and for a public takeover of the bus system and to build the Metrorail system.


He would fight to increase the number of black workers in the building trades and upgrade those in the federal and District of Columbia governments.


In a long activist career, he would be a founding member of the Black United Front, leader of several rights and black liberation groups, lead many battles against police brutality and a host of other rights issues.


Booker died without fanfare in 2015


For a detailed account of Booker’s activism, victories and defeats, see


For more information and related images, see


The photographer is unknown. The image is from the 1957 Rough Rider Yearbook.


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Taken sometime in 1957