Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

A:JPAS Tribute: Bertha Maxwell-Roddey: Founder, the National Council for Black Studies

Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

A:JPAS Tribute: Bertha Maxwell-Roddey: Founder, the National Council for Black Studies

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Bertha Maxwell-Roddey was born June 10, 1930 in Seneca, South Carolina. Roddey graduated from Oconee County Training School and received degrees from several colleges: a Bachelors of Arts from Johnson C. Smith University in North Carolina, a Master of Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a doctorate from Union Graduate School (now the Union Institute & University) in Cincinnati, Ohio. She worked in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system in North Carolina as a teacher and principal and was the first African American to serve as an administrator in a predominately white school. She became the first chair of the Afro-American and African Studies Department at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 1960. She started the first Head Start program in Charlotte, NC; co-founded the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts and Culture; founded and served as the first chair of the National Council for Black Studies [first housed at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte organized by the Black Student Union] (NCBS); and co-founded the Theodore and Bertha M. Roddey Foundation. She has served on more than 50 boards and commissions and received numerous awards for her dedication. …

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