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Cleveland Nisby was a prominent civic leader and activist in the Beaumont, Texas area.  While employed by the Magnolia Refinery, Mr. Nisby worked to get union representation for Black workers and to eliminated dual lines of promotion for Black and White workers.  In the 1960's he made numerous appearances before local elected officials to encourage the hiring of Black clerical and professional employees.  His efforts led to the hiring of the first Black employee hired for a clerical position in Beaumont city government.  As president of the Beaumont Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Mr. Nisby worked for affordable housing, voting rights and public school integration issues.  In addition to his work for racial justice, Mr. Nisby was a deacon at Starlight Missionary Baptist Church for 48 years and was owner of a business management consulting firm.  The Cleveland Nisby Profile of Achievement Booklet commemorates and chronicles the many important achievements that this African American community leader accomplished during this lifetime.

 
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