Education

Features Black educators, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Black faculties, teachers, professors, Black fraternities and sororities. Presented are biographies of men and women, some uneducated, with H.S. diplomas, Bachelor degrees, master?s degrees, and PhD's who became scholars, administrators, superintendents and leaders.

Educator Marva Collins born


Marva Collins

*Marva Collins was born on this date in 1936. She is an African-American educator and administrator.

From Monroeville, Alabama Marva Nettles Collins received her early education in Atmore, Alabama. This environment had segregated school system with very few resources for African-American students. Eventually, Collins attended Clark College in Atlanta and, after graduation, returned to Alabama. She taught for two years in the Alabama school system before moving to Chicago. It was there that she worked in the public school system for fourteen years.

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The Sturgis One-Room School opens

*The opening of the Sturgis One-Room School is celebrated on this date in 1900. Originally located on property owned by William T. Sturgis, this was an assembly built as a one-room school for Black Americans.

The first graduating class was in the year 1921, and the school was closed in 1937 having the name of McMillan School. William Sturgis lived there after the school closed; later the building was no longer occupied or used. It was moved from its original location, approximately seven miles south of Pocomoke City near Brantley Road, to the corner of Front and Willow Streets.

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The Galss Hill School opens

*The Registry celebrates the opening of the Glass Hill School on this date in 1887. This was one of many primary education schools for Blacks during Reconstruction.

Founded in Wicomico County, Maryland the school was originally identified simply as “ Col'd,” School, an abbreviation used for "Colored" School. The school was abandoned and was scheduled for demolition when Jim Jackson purchased and moved it to Pittsville, MD in 1900. After restoration it became a shop called Schoolhouse Collectibles. The present location is 7915 Maple Street Pittsville, MD.

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Vincent Harding born


Vincent G. Harding

*Vincent Harding was born on this date in 1931. He was an African American historian, author and educator.

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Josephine Leavell born


Joesephine Leavell

*Josephine Leavell was born on this date in 1855. She was an African American pianist, organist and music teacher.

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Freeman Hrabowski born


Freeman Hrabowski

*Freeman Hrabowski was born on this date in 1950. He is an African American administrator and educator in biochemistry.

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Princess Anne Academy begins


Princess Anne Academy, Class of 1894

*This date in 1886, marks the origin of Princess Anne Academy. This was one of the schools for Blacks that paved the way towards America’s many Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Founded as the Delaware Conference Academy, it can be found in Princess Anne on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, this school was organized by Morgan College.

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Phi Sigma Pi fraternity founded

*On this date in 1916, Phi Sigma Pi fraternity was founded at Central Missouri State University; founded by E.L. Hendricks, C.A. Phillips, and C.H. McClure.

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ZerNora Stewart Black born


ZerNora Stewart Black

*ZerNona Stewart Black was born on this date in 1912. She was an African-American educator and activist.

Born in Muskogee, Okla., she was living in New York when she accepted a three-month transfer in 1943 to the San Antonio YWCA-USO for Black Military, a group formed to help morale for African American service members and their families. A graduate of Emerson College in Boston, she taught communication, drama, speech, radio and physical education at Langston College in Oklahoma.

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Lulu Vere Childers born


Lulu Vere Childers

*The birth of Lulu Vere Childers in 1870 is celebrated on this date. She was an African American classic vocalist and educator.

She was born in Dry Ridge, KY. She studied voice at Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where she earned her B. A. degree in Music in 1896. She was a teacher at Knoxville College in that same year and joined the faculty of Howard University in 1905. She continued to perform, singing contralto in a 1908 concert organized by E. Azalia Hackley at the Philadelphia Academy of Music.

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