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.

Michaele Pride, architect focused on urban design and neighborhood change


Michaele Pride

Michaele Pride was born on this date in 1956. She is an African American architect and educator.

Tillotson College begins classes

*Tillotson College began education classes on this date in 1881. Now known as Huston-Tillotson University (HTU), it is one of over 100 Historically Black Colleges and Universities in America.

Ellis Knox, a pillar for Black education


Ellis
O'Neal Knox

*Ellis O'Neal Knox was born on this date in 1900. He was an African American civil rights activist and educator.

From Lakeport, California, Knox was one of five children; his father, Prince Albert (or “Al” for short), was a Latin teacher and graduate of Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina. In 1913, the family moved to Oakland, CA. where he finished high school with honors. In 1922, he graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and soon accepted a teaching position at Phoenix Union High School in Arizona.

Dr. Jeanne Noble, educator , researcher, author, and consultant


Dr. Jeanne Noble

The birth of Dr. Jeanne L. Noble in 1926 is celebrated on this date. She was an African American educator and writer.

The African American Boy Scout movement, a story

The Scout Oath: "On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight."

The Western Library, a first for Kentucky

On this date in 1905, the Western Library of Louisville, KY, opened.

Founded by Albert Ernest Meyzeek, it was the first library to serve Louisville's Black community, and one of the first of its kind in America. Western’s first librarian was Thomas Fountain Blue, Sr., who was assisted by Ms. Rachel Harris. Joseph S. Cotter, poet and playwright, was involved with its early programs and is credited with the early storytelling contests for young people.

Thomas Blue, a first in Library Services


Thomas F. Blue

The 1870 birth of Reverend Thomas F. Blue is celebrated on this date. He was an African American minister, educator, administrator, and librarian.

The son of former slaves, Blue was born in Farmville, Virginia. He graduated from Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute in 1888. He taught in Virginia, and earned a Bachelor of Divinity degree in 1898 from Richmond Theological Seminary. Around the turn of the last century, he was a secretary of the YMCA, serving Spanish-American War soldiers, moving to Louisville in the same capacity from 1899 to 1905.

A Voice for Black America, Howard Dodson, Jr.


Howard Dodson

Howard Dodson, Jr., was born this date in 1939, in Chester, PA. He is an African American historian, writer, administrator, and lecturer.

Dodson attended West Chester State College, where he studied social studies and English with an emphasis on secondary education. He graduated in 1961 and went on to Villanova University, where he earned an M.A. in U.S. history and political science in 1963. A year later, Dodson went to Ecuador with the Peace Corps where he directed credit union education programs for the National Credit Union Federation.

Bennett College concentrated on educating Black women

The founding of Bennett College in Greensboro, N.C., Carolina, in 1873 is celebrated on this date. Bennett is one of the over 100 Historical Black College and Universities in America, and one of only two that specifically educate women.

Jonetta Betsch Cole, educator and Civil Rights advocate


Johnetta B. Cole

Jonetta Cole was born on this date in 1936. She is an African American educator, administrator, humanitarian, and civil and women’s rights activist.

Born in Jacksonville, FL, Johnnetta Betsch came from a family that had dedicated itself to the betterment of all Blacks in the community. It was a legacy from generations of philanthropy based on and village family values.

During the mid 1930s and early 1940s, her family founded the Afro-American Life Insurance Company. They were also educators; the public library in her neighborhood was named after her grandfather.