OH 1504 | Oral History

OH 1504

Schoolteacher, community and civil rights activist. Her reminiscences of many years as a teacher at I.M. Terrell High School in Fort Worth, Texas, and her activities in community affairs and the civil rights movement. Her family background; her childhood and early education in a segregated society; college at Howard University, Washington, D.C.; her interest in debate and drama at Howard; employment at I.M. Terrell High School; her activities with children's theater and debating societies in segregated schools; breaking down racial barriers at the Texas Christian University library; earning her master's degree at Columbia University; summer courses at Vassar College, Atlanta University, and Hampton College; her career as a high school English teacher; her work as a counselor, dean of girls, and vice-principle; her activities as secretary-treasurer of the Colored Teachers State Association and her editorship of its publication, The Texas Standard; teaching summer school at Prairie View A&M, Huston-Tillotson College, Paul Quinn College, and Wiley College; summer vacations in New York City; volunteer work at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth; Director of Student Activities at Bishop College, Dallas, Texas; her values, or "graces"; comments about current race relations in Dallas; comments about former U.S. political and civil rights leaders; her undergraduate years at Howard University; her activities with Alpha Kappa Alpha; employment at I.M. Terrell High School, Fort Worth, Texas, 1923; her role as secretary-treasurer of the Teachers State Association of Texas, 1935-52; problems peculiar to African-American education in Texas; her activities with the Texas Commission on Democracy in Education.

About this Oral History

Physical Description 219 pp.
Terms of Use Open
Interviewer(s) Melody Sprecht Kelly
Date of Interview February 20, 2003 to March 28, 2004

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