175 Makers of History: James Dombrowski

James Dombrowski 23C
Civil Rights Activist

James Dombrowski

James Dombrowski graduated from Emory in 1923 and became secretary of the new Emory Alumni Association and founding editor of Emory Alumnus (now called Emory Magazine).

After earning his PhD from Columbia University in 1933, Dombrowski cofounded the Highlander Folk School in Monteagle, Tennessee to train labor and civil rights activists. Dombrowski directed the Southern Conference Educational Fund (SCEF) from 1946 to 1966 and edited its monthly newspaper, the Southern Patriot. Under his leadership, the SCEF played an important role in integration and civil rights in the South.