In Memoriam

Wilhelmina Jakes Street (1929-2010)

Wilhelmina Jakes Street, who as a student at Florida A&M University was one of the initiators of the 1956 Tallahassee bus boycott, has died at the age of 80.

A native of Hardeeville, South Carolina, Street enrolled in Florida A&M to major in education. In 1956 she and her college friend Carrie Patterson were arrested for failing to move to the back of a city bus. This act of defiance prompted a citywide boycott of bus lines by African Americans.

After graduating from Florida A&M, Street embarked on a 33-year teaching career.

Wisdom Franchot Coleman Jr. (1944-2010)

Wisdom Coleman Jr., associate dean of admissions at the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry, died recently of complications from diabetes. He was 66 years old.

After graduating from the dental school at Howard University, Dr. Coleman opened a practice in South Memphis. In 1972 he was one of the first black faculty members at the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry.

In 2002 he gave up his private practice to join the University of Tennessee administration on a full-time basis.