Daring to Educate: The Legacy of the Early Spelman College Presidents

Daring to Educate: The Legacy of the Early Spelman College Presidents

by Johnnetta B. Cole, Sheila T. Gregory, Beverly Daniel Tatum, Yolanda L. Watson
     
 

While President Emerita Johnnetta B. Cole is credited with propelling Spelman College (the oldest historically Black womens’ college) to national prominence, little is generally known about the strong academic foundation and legacy she inherited. Contrary to popular belief, the first four presidents of Spelman (including its two co-founders) were White women who… See more details below

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While President Emerita Johnnetta B. Cole is credited with propelling Spelman College (the oldest historically Black womens’ college) to national prominence, little is generally known about the strong academic foundation and legacy she inherited. Contrary to popular belief, the first four presidents of Spelman (including its two co-founders) were White women who led the early development of the College, armed with the belief that former slaves and free Black women should and could receive a college-level education.

This book presents the history of Spelman’s foundation through the tenure of its fourth president, Florence M. Read, which ended in 1953. This compelling story is brought up to date by the contributions of Spelman’s current president, Beverly Daniel Tatum, and by Johnnetta B. Cole.

The book chronicles how the vision each of these women presidents, and their response to changing social forces, both profoundly shaped Spelman’s curriculum and influenced the lives and minds of thousands of young Black women. The authors trace the evolution of Spelman from its beginning–when the founders, aware of the limited occupations open to its graduates, strove to uplift the Black race by providing an academic education to disenfranchised Black women while also providing training for available careers--to the fifties when the college became an exemplar of liberal arts education in the South.

This book fills a void in the history of Black women in higher education. It will appeal to a wide readership interested in women’s studies, Black history and the history of higher education in general.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781579221089
Publisher:
Stylus Publishing
Publication date:
07/28/2005
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)

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Table of Contents

Foreword : heir to the Spelman legacy
1Introduction1
2The higher education of black women39
3Our whole school for Christ : the Packard and Giles administrations (1881-1909)63
4New directions : toward collegiate status : the Lucy Hale Tapley administration (1910-1927)83
5Onward and upward - the creation of a liberal arts institution : the Florence Read administration (1927-1953)117
6The socialization of Spelman students133
7Conclusion155
Epilogue : the Spelman legacy lives on163

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