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Willie Mae Kirk, also known as “Ankie,” of Austin, TX, was a civil rights leader who led black students in protest against injustice in the 1940’s. Ms. Kirk worked as a teacher in Austin schools for 32 years. Among her battles was discrimination in public venues of Austin and voter registration. She was the mother of U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, who had also served as the mayor of Dallas, Texas.

Willie Mae Kirk was raised in Manor, TX. She received her education at Huston-Tillotson University.

Little Known Black History Fact: Willie Mae Kirk  was originally published on

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