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Yarbrough-Jumoke, Nailah

Nailah Yarbrough-Jumoke, a native of Louisville, KY, is a writer, poet, and an activist. She founded the Java House Café in Louisville. She also worked with Vinetta Howard-Williams who founded the Jumoke Academy in Louisville, KY, a private school for students in grades 7-12 who had severe problems in public schools [source: Martha Elson, "Academy hopes to help troubled children," The Courier-Journal, 01/03/1996, p.65]. In 1999 Nailah Yarbrough-Jumoke was the first African American candidate for governor of Kentucky. She ran on the Natural Law Party (NLP) ticket and received a little more than 1% of the vote. In 2000 she won the Preservation Award from the Louisville Historic League for developing the Harriet Tubman Cultural Center. Nailah Yarbrough-Jumoke is the author of the 2018 title Abebi: we called for her and she came to us. For more see "Ex-candidate fosters culture," Lexington Herald-Leader, 02/18/200, p. B3.

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NKAA Source: Lexington herald-leader (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Courier-Journal [Louisville] (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Abebi: we called for her and she came to us

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