FLOR500, Garden 9 Willie H. Blankston, Civil Rights Activist (1923–1998) Blankston came to Fort Walton Beach in 1949 where for 45 years he was a civil rights advocate. He encouraged African Americans to register and to vote, and his 1976 lawsuit resulted in 130 jobs earmarked for minorities at Eglin Air Force Base. He founded the Progressive Community Improvement Organization, which sought solutions to problems facing the African American community.
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Willie H. Blankston, Civil Rights Activist 

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Willie H. Blankston, Civil Rights Activist 

(1923–1998)

Blankston came to Fort Walton Beach in 1949 where for 45 years he was a civil rights advocate. He encouraged African Americans to register and to vote, and his 1976 lawsuit resulted in 130 jobs earmarked for minorities at Eglin Air Force Base. He founded the Progressive Community Improvement Organization, which sought solutions to problems facing the African American community. 





 




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