- Z. Alexander Looby
Zephaniah Alexander Looby (
April 8, 1899– March 24, 1972) was a lawyeractive in the American Civil Rights Movement. He was born in Antigua, and moved to the United Statesin 1914. He attended Howard Universityas an undergraduate where he became a member of the Omega Psi Phifraternity. Looby earned his bachelor's degree from Howard University in 1922. He went on to earn a law degree from Columbia Universityin 1925 and a doctorate in jurisprudence from New York Universityin 1926.cite news|title=Looby played vital role in Nashville's integration|work=The Tennessean|first=Jeff|last=Walter|date=March 25, 2003]
After graduating from New York University, Looby moved to Nashville where he took a job as an assistant professor at
Fisk University. In May, 1951, Looby was elected to the Nashville, TennesseeCity Council, along with another lawyer, Robert Lillard, the first African Americans to be elected since 1911.
He helped found the Kent College of Law in Nashville, and he defended the students arrested in the
Nashville sit-ins. As a result of his support of the students, his house was dynamited on April 19 1960. Neither he nor his wife were harmed in the bombing.
In 1976, the government of Nashville named a new library and community center in Looby's honor. In 1982, the Nashville Bar Association posthumously awarded him membership, which had been refused him in the 1950s.
*Sarvis, Will. (2003). "Leaders in the Court and the Community: Z. Alexander Looby, Avon N. Williams, Jr., and the Legal Fight for Civil Rights in Tennessee, 1940-1970", "Journal of African American History" 88:1 (Winter 2003): 42-58.
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