Influences

  • Selected speeches given by John Mercer Langston, as compiled by Electronic Oberlin Group.

  • As the first African American admitted to the Ohio Bar, John Mercer Langston's legacy has inspired the establishment of law organizations supporting the careers of African-American attorneys, such as the John Mercer Langston Bar Association of Columbus, OH and Los Angeles, CA.

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  • Langston University was established in 1897 as the Oklahoma Colored Agricultural and Normal College for the purpose of educating African Americans who were denied admission to Central State University of Oklahoma.

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  • John Mercer Langston was the first president of the Virginia Normal and Collegiate Institute, established March 6, 1882 , and later became Virginia State University, where Langston Hall, a freshmen co-educational honors hall, was built in the 1928-1929 school year in honor of Langston.

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  • Langston, Oklahoma, established October 22, 1890, was named for John Mercer Langston. It is one of the few remaining predominantly, African-American towns located in the former Oklahoma Territory.

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