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Geoffrey Canada, founder & CEO of the Harlem Children's Zone Project, and a leader in education reform in America. Children Zone, Intrigu People, Black America, Interesting People, Geoffrey Canada, Harlem Children, Education Reformer, Zone Projects, Canada Superman
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Tererai Trent, PhD, is a Zimbabwean-American woman who was not allowed to go to school as a child because she was female. Tererai was forced to marry at age 11. By age 18, she was the mother of three. "When my husband realized that I wanted to have an education, he would beat me." In 2009, happily remarried Trent earned her doctorate; her thesis looked at HIV/AIDS prevention programs for women and girls in sub-Saharan Africa.
Geoffrey Canada was born on January 13, 1952, in New York City. His mother instilled an appreciation for education. After graduating Harvard, he returned to Harlem in 1983 to help children in his old neighborhood. He became president of an educational center in 1990 and renamed it the Harlem Children's Zone. In 2009, President Obama announced plans to expand the center to 20 cities.
Dr. Martha Euphemia Rosalie Lofton Haynes was the first African-American female Mathematician. Her father was a dentist and investor, and her mother was active in the Catholic Church. She preferred to be called Euphemia rather than Martha, and received her B.A in Mathematics from Smith College. She minored in psychology. She received her masters degree in education from the University of Chicago and her Ph.D in mathematics from The Catholic University in Washington, in 1943 becoming the f...
Mary McLeod Bethune -- founder of and sole woman in FDR's Black Cabinet, defender of women's rights, education, and health care for the poor. After the overturn of Plessy v. Ferguson she said, "There can be no divided democracy, no class government, no half-free county, under the constitution. Therefore, there can be no discrimination, no segregation, no separation of some citizens from the rights which belong to all."
Born in Alabama in 1936, Marva Collins became one of the most influential teachers and education activists of the 20th century. Working to gain equal access to quality education for minorities, she started her own school in Chicago and founded a style of education that came to be known as the Collins Method.