Today, our Black Educator Series features Fannie C. Williams and Dr. Ambrose Caliver.
Fannie C. Williams was a teacher, principal, and pioneer in the field of Black education in the South. Williams was born in Biloxi, Mississippi in 1882, where she began her career as a teacher in 1904. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Pedagogy degrees from what is now Eastern Michigan University, Williams moved to New Orleans to become an elementary school principal, and began implementing new services to help students succeed.
Continuing our Black Educator Blog Series, where every Friday we'll be sharing stories of Black educators who have worked to advance racial and educational equity, today we are highlighting Dr. Nathan Hare and Dr. Ramona Edelin.
Dr. Nathan Hare is a sociologist, activist, and psychologist who is often called "the father of Black studies." Dr. Hare was born in Slick, Oklahoma in 1933, and grew up experiencing segregation and tense race relations. He planned on becoming a professional boxer until a high school teacher suggested Hare attend college. Dr. Hare received his A.B. degree in sociology from Langston University in 1954, and eventually went on to earn a PhD in both sociology and clinical psychology.