Born in Chicago, Illinois, and educated in Michigan, Louvenia Dorsey Bright moved to Vermont when her husband was hired as a professor of education at U.V.M. She was a teacher of business education, a leader of the Black Professionals Network of Vermont, and served on the state committee to the U.S Commission on Civil Rights. Elected to the Vermont House of Representatives, a position she held from 1989 to 1994. She was the first female African-American legislator in Vermont, and it would be two decades before another Black female was elected to the legislature. The Bright Leadership Institute is a program that was established to support emerging politicians of color in Vermont.
African-American firsts in the Vermont Legislature
Alexander Twilight became the first African-American graduate of an American college when he graduated from Middlebury College in 1823. Elected to the Vermont legislature in 1836 he became the first African-American in the U.S. to hold such a position. It was not until 1988, that Louvenia Dorsey Bright became the first African-American woman to be elected to a seat in the Vermont House of Representatives.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
- Mugs are food and microwave safe.
- To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
- Mugs are usually shipped within 3-5 days.