Raymond 0. Arsenault, Ph.D.
Darryl Paulson, Ph.D.
University of South Florida St. Petersburg
James B. Sanderlin made his mark on the city of st. Petersburg during the height of the civil rights movement in the 1960's. As one of only five black attorneys practicing in st. Petersburg, Sanderlin seized an opportunity to make a positive difference not only for blacks in the community, but for everyone. A true humanitarian, Sanderlin came to a deeply divided city and through his quiet determination worked to unite the races in st. Petersburg. Unlike those in the rising Black Power movement headed by former St. Petersburg Times writer Joe Waller, Sanderlin rejected separatism. He believed that eventually the unification of black and white efforts toward a common goal of equality would prevail. He knew this could not happen overnight, but Sanderlin had the foresight to work toward long-term rewards.
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