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.

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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Yosef Alfredo Antonio Ben-Jochannan born


Yosef Ben-Jochannan

*Yosef Alfredo Antonio Ben-Jochannan was born on this date in 1918. He is an African American writer and historian.

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Cozelle Breedlove born


Cozelle Breedlove
teaching Children (1958)

*Cozelle Breedlove was born on this date in 1920. He was an African American community program director, teacher, and mentor. Born and raised on the North side of Minneapolis Cozy Breedlove always considered himself a product of the Phyllis Wheatley House, which was a community center for Black children to participate in sports, cultural and educational events.

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Camilla P. Thompson, educator, historian


Camilla P. Thompson

*Camilla Thompson was born on this date in 1922. She is an African American educator and community activist and historian.

Born in Jacksonville, Florida, her mother, Camilla (Bolton) Perkins, was a Jacksonville elementary school teacher and her father, Daniel W. Perkins, was a prominent lawyer. Thompson and her two sisters grew up in the LaVilla neighborhood of Jacksonville, which was a segregated town of its own, where she attended a wooden two-story schoolhouse.

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The Schomburg Center opens

*On this date in 1905, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture opened. This is a research library of the New York Public Library (NYPL) and an archive repository for information on people of African descent worldwide.

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