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Education as My Agenda

Gertrude Williams, Race, and the Baltimore Public Schools

  • Authors
  • Gertrude S. Williams
  • Jo Ann Ooiman Robinson

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Oral History book series (PSOH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Jo Ann Ooiman Robinson
    Pages 1-9
  3. Gertrude S. Williams, Jo Ann Ooiman Robinson
    Pages 11-36
  4. Gertrude S. Williams, Jo Ann Ooiman Robinson
    Pages 37-48
  5. Gertrude S. Williams, Jo Ann Ooiman Robinson
    Pages 49-70
  6. Gertrude S. Williams, Jo Ann Ooiman Robinson
    Pages 71-81
  7. Gertrude S. Williams, Jo Ann Ooiman Robinson
    Pages 83-98
  8. Gertrude S. Williams, Jo Ann Ooiman Robinson
    Pages 99-126
  9. Gertrude S. Williams, Jo Ann Ooiman Robinson
    Pages 127-149
  10. Gertrude S. Williams, Jo Ann Ooiman Robinson
    Pages 151-174
  11. Gertrude S. Williams, Jo Ann Ooiman Robinson
    Pages 175-201
  12. Gertrude S. Williams, Jo Ann Ooiman Robinson
    Pages 203-210
  13. Gertrude S. Williams, Jo Ann Ooiman Robinson
    Pages 211-226
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 227-311

About this book

Introduction

When Gertrude Williams retired in 1998, after forty-nine years in the Baltimore public schools,The Baltimore Sun called her "the most powerful of principals" who "tangled with two superintendents and beat them both." In this oral memoir, Williams identifies the essential elements of sound education and describes the battles she waged to secure those elements, first as teacher, then a counselor, and, for twenty-five years, as principal. She also described her own education - growing up black in largely white Germantown, Pennsylvania; studying black history and culture for the first time at Cheyney State Teachers College; and meeting the rigorous demands of the program which she graduated from in 1949. In retracing her career, Williams examines the highs and lows of urban public education since World War II. She is at once an outspoken critic and spirited advocate of the system to which she devoted her life.

Keywords

curriculum education race school state

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