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For release: 02/10/04
Release #: 04-016

Profile: Linda Yarbrough

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As the desegregation movement swept across the South in 1969, Linda Yarbrough was at the heart of it. She played a role in that history when she and four other students became the first African Americans to integrate classes at a private business college in Huntsville. Today, having earned two business degrees from two colleges, Yarbrough is helping NASA make world history as a program analyst for the International Space Station, planning key project budgets for the research laboratory orbiting 240 miles above Earth.

Photo:As a program analyst at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., Linda Yarbrough works in the budget office tracking money for projects for the International Space Station — the most sophisticated, world-class research laboratory ever placed in orbit. Yarbrough was one of five African Americans to integrate a private business college in Huntsville in 1969, participants in the broad civil rights movement of the 1960s that opened new, equal education opportunities for all Americans. (NASA/MSFC/Emmett Given)

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