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.

Merze Tate of Michigan born


Merze Tate

*Merze Tate was born on this date in 1905. She was an African American teacher and administrator.

Vernie Merz Tate, daughter of Charles and Myrtle (Lett) Tate began her education at age 5 in a one-room framed building located on a corner acre of her family's farm. From Blanchard, MI she walked eight miles a day to attend Battle Creek H.S. In 1927 Tate graduated first in her class from Western Michigan Teachers College in Kalamazoo, MI; the schools first Black to earn a B.A. degree.

Solomon D. Spady, teacher and mentor


Solomon D. Spady

*Solomon D. Spady was born on this date in 1887. He was an African American teacher, scientist and administrator.

Avery Clayton, historian and collector


Avery Clayton

*Avery Clayton was born on this date in 1947. He was an African American Educator, Artist, Entrepreneur and Historian.

Clayton was born in Los Angeles, CA to Mayme and Andrew Clayton. His mother was a librarian and his father owned a barbershop. He attended Los Angeles area schools and had two brothers, Renai and Lloyd Clayton. After serving in the Vietnam War, he returned to Los Angeles where he studied art at Los Angeles City College and the UCLA School of Fine Arts.

W. Montaque Cobb, dedicated Anthropologist


W. Montaque Cobb

*W. Montaque Cobb was born on this date in 1903. He was an African American educator, professor of anatomy best known for his research in physical anthropology, the growth and development of the African American, and aging in the adult skeleton.

Ronald Davis connected business' with education


Ronald B. Davis

*On this date in 1947, Ronald Davis was born. He was an African American teacher, businessman and community activist.

Blanche Armwood, a tireless educator


Blanche Armwood

*Blanche Armwood was born on this date in 1890. She was an African American teacher, lawyer and activist.

Dedicated historian, Benjamin Quarles


Benjamin
Quarles

*Benjamin Quarles was born on this date in 1904. He was an African-American historian.

From Boston, Massachusetts, the son of a subway porter, he entered college at 23, receiving his Bachelor’s degree from Shaw University in 1931, his M.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin 1933, and PhD in 1940. Quarles taught at Shaw, served as dean at Dillard University, and has chaired the history department at Morgan State University.

The Blair-Caldwell Library opens

*On this date in 2003, The Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library was dedicated and opened its doors.

Located in Denver, Colorado its mission is to serve as an educational and cultural resource for the people of Denver and the world, focusing on the history, literature, art, music, religion, and politics of African Americans in Colorado and throughout the Rocky Mountain West.

Mahmoud El-Kati, a walking encyclopedia


Mahmoud El-Kati

*Mahmoud El-Kati was born on this date in 1935. He is an African American educator, activist, lecturer, writer, and commentator on the African American experience.

From Savannah, Georgia, he is the son of Rufus Williams and Razzie Garvan Williams. El-Kati is one of 3 siblings and graduated from Booker T. Washington H. S. in Miami, Florida. El-Kati also is a graduate of Wilberforce University where he majored in contemporary African American history.

Josie Johnson, a committed educator and activist


Josie R. Johnson

*Josie Johnson was born on this date in 1930. She is an African American educator, activist and administrator.

From Houston, TX Josie Robinson Johnson is one of three children born to Judson and Josie Robinson. Her great grandfather Ralph was twelve years old when emancipation from slavery was granted. As a child, he was employed to furnish a step stool for white women to use as they stepped down from carriages and stage coaches in Texas.