She began her teaching career in 1922 at the Oktibbeha County Training School, where she taught until she retired. Rosa Stewart was the first African American to run for the Starkville Board of Aldermen.
In 1943, she was hired by the Mississippi State Cooperative Extension Service, becoming the first African American home demonstration agent. She learned how to establish and run canneries at the Ball Jar Canning Company in Indiana, returning to open several canneries in the area.
Wilson Ashford Sr.
As a quiet man who made a significant impact on our county, he was also instrumental in organizing the first chapter of the Oktibbeha County NAACP.
Adelaide Jeanette Elliott
She was active in marches and boycotts to protest the inequality experienced by African Americans. In addition, she was a winning basketball coach at her school, who challenged her students to become great citizens.