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Sarah Jane Woodson Early: 1st African American Female University Professor

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Sarah Woodson Early (1825-1907)

 

Author and educator, Sarah Jane Woodson Early (1825-1907) is recognized as the first African American female university professor in the United States; assuming the role in 1858; teaching Latin and English. Continue reading “Sarah Jane Woodson Early: 1st African American Female University Professor”

Dovey Johnson Roundtree: A True Drum Major For Justice

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Dovey Johnson-Roundtree

 Dovey Johnson Roundtree (1914 – ) was a true unsung hero and pioneer. Roundtree’s legal victories paved the way for desegregation of transportation in the U.S. Roundtree is a native of Charlotte, NC and a graduate of Spelman College. Her grandmother was a close friend of Mary Mcleoad Bethune. Bethune recruited Roundtree to assist her in her work with First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt in forming the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corp during World War II. Roundtree recruited black women all over the south to the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corp (WAAC). Continue reading “Dovey Johnson Roundtree: A True Drum Major For Justice”

Sara Jane Woodson Early: 1st African American Female College Professor

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Sarah Jane Woodson Early
Sarah Jane Woodson Early

Sarah Jane Early Woodson (1825 – 1907) was the first African American woman to be a college professor. She was a professor at Wilberforce University in Ohio. Born in Chillicothe, OH, she was heavily involved with the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME) as well as the feminist and temperance movements. In 1856 she graduated from Oberlin College with an L.B. degree.  In 1868, at the age of 42 she married Rev. Jordan Early, a pioneer in the AME church movement. She assisted him in ministry while continuing her role as an educator throughout the South.  Woodson authored a book about her husbands life in 1894. She died in 1907.

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