PEACE, Hazel Harvey (b. ca. 1903)

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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.
Date of Interview: February 20, 2003 to March 28, 2004

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