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Dr. John Cashin

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Political Activist
Dentist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Fruit
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Alabama
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
4/16/1928
Birth Location:
Huntsville, Alabama

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Political Activist
Dentist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Fruit
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Alabama
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
4/16/1928
Birth Location:
Huntsville
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Biography

Dentist and political activist Dr. John Logan Cashin, Jr. was born on April 16, 1928 in Huntsville, Alabama to Grace Brandon Cashin, a school principal, and Dr. John Logan Cashin, Sr., a dentist. He and his older brother, Herschel, who were always in the same year at school, were co-valedictorians of their Alabama A&M High School graduating class. He spent two years at Fisk University and then attended Tennessee State University, both located in Nashville, Tennessee. Cashin then received his D.D.S. degree from Meharry Medical School in Nashville, Tennessee in 1952.

Immediately after Cashin graduated from medical school, he was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he was made a first lieutenant and Chief of Dental Services for soldiers stationed near Fountainebleu, France. While in France, Cashin became familiar with a number of African American expatriates, including writer Richard Wright and Ollie Stewart, from the "Chicago Defender."

After two years in the U.S. Army, Cashin returned to the United States, where he became active in the Civil Rights Movement. In 1967, he helped found the National Democratic Party of Alabama (NDPA) and was elected as the organization’s first party chairman. He led a delegation to the Democratic National Convention in 1968, challenging the representative nature of the regular delegation and its loyalty to the national Democratic Party.

Cashin ran for Mayor of Huntsville, and in 1970, he was the NDPA’s candidate for governor, where he ran against George Wallace. He received more than sixteen-percent of the votes in that election. Between 1968 and 1974, the NDPA facilitated the election of more than a hundred African Americans to public office in Alabama. In 1974, the Alabama Democratic Party surrendered and integrated their ballot.

Cashin passed away on March 23, 2011 at age 82.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Dr. John Cashin lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Dr. John Cashin describes his maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Dr. John Cashin describes the history of Brandontown in Huntsville, Alabama
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Dr. John Cashin describes his maternal family's education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Dr. John Cashin describes the black business community in Huntsville, Alabama
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Dr. John Cashin describes his mother's education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Dr. John Cashin describes his relationship with his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Dr. John Cashin remembers his paternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Dr. John Cashin describes his paternal grandfather's book, 'Under Fire with the Tenth U.S. Cavalry'
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Dr. John Cashin talks about his paternal grandfather
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Dr. John Cashin describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Dr. John Cashin describes his early education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Dr. John Cashin describes his relationship with his brother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Dr. John Cashin remembers his childhood friends
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Dr. John Cashin recalls the end of his relationship with his white playmates
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Dr. John Cashin remembers the Grove neighborhood of Huntsville, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Dr. John Cashin describes his early aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Dr. John Cashin remembers Alabama A and M High School in Normal, Alabama
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Dr. John Cashin talks about the Alabama Constitution of 1901
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Dr. John Cashin describes his childhood pastimes
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Dr. John Cashin recalls his experience of discrimination at the YMCA in Huntsville, Alabama
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Dr. John Cashin describes his involvement at the Lakeside United Methodist Church in Huntsville, Alabama
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Dr. John Cashin describes his educational influences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Dr. John Cashin recalls attending Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Dr. John Cashin recalls his reason for leaving Fisk University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Dr. John Cashin remembers the Tennessee Agricultural and Industrial State College in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Dr. John Cashin remembers learning to fly airplanes
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Dr. John Cashin recalls his workload at the Tennessee Agricultural and Industrial State College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Dr. John Cashin recalls taking courses at Fisk University and Tennessee State University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Dr. John Cashin remembers his admission to Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Dr. John Cashin remembers his admission to Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Dr. John Cashin recalls being drafted into the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Dr. John Cashin remembers the American expatriate community in France
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Dr. John Cashin recalls his friendship with Richard Wright
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Dr. John Cashin recalls his decision to leave the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Dr. John Cashin recalls his classmate, Robert Ellis
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Dr. John Cashin recalls his decision to join the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Dr. John Cashin recalls meeting his wife
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Dr. John Cashin recalls his commitment to civil rights
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Dr. John Cashin remembers his marriage