Black History Month in Education
Mary Jane McLeod Bethune felt blacks' greatest hope for the future lay with young black women and founded a school African-Americans in Florida. She served on President Franklin D. Roosevelt's cabinet as an advisor on black issues.
Fannie C. Williams was a trailblazer in her 60-year career as an educator. The driving force behind Child Health Day established in 1928, she also instituted kindergarten and standardized testing in Louisiana years before either were required.
Booker T. Washington founded Tuskegee Institute teachers' college for blacks in Alabama in 1881. He famously taught African-Americans to help themselves through education and hard work.
Charlotte Forten kept journals throughout her time in the south. Life on the Sea Islands chronicled her time as the first black teacher at a mission during the Civil War. She later worked for the Treasury Department recruiting black teachers.
Inez Beverly Prosser was one of the first black women to earn a Ph.D. She later pioneered research in the field of educational psychology and the development of African-American students.
George Washington Carver was the first black student at Iowa University in 1891, eventually earning both his bachelor and masters degrees there. In 1896 he began a 47 year career as the head of the Agriculture Department at Tuskegee Institute.