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Faithful to the Task at Hand
The Life of Lucy Diggs Slowe
Faithful to the Task at Hand
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Carroll L.L. Miller - Author
Anne S. Pruitt-Logan - Author
Price: $90.00 
Hardcover - 500 pages
Release Date: June 2012
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-4259-4

Price: $31.95 
Paperback - 500 pages
Release Date: June 2012
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-4258-7

Price: $31.95 
Electronic - 500 pages
Release Date: June 2012
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-4260-0

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The story of Lucy Diggs Slowe, a pioneering African American figure in sports and education.

Born just twenty years after the end of slavery and orphaned at the age of five, Lucy Diggs Slowe (1885–1937) became a seventeen-time tennis champion and the first African American woman to win a major sports title, a founder of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, and the first Dean of Women at Howard University. She provided leadership and service in a wide range of organizations concerned with improving the conditions of women, African Americans, and other disadvantaged groups and also participated in peace activism. Among her many accomplishments, she created the first junior high school for black students in Washington, DC.

In this long overdue biography, Carroll L. L. Miller and Anne S. Pruitt-Logan tell the remarkable story of Slowe’s steadfast determination working her way through college, earning respect as a teacher and dean, and standing up to Howard’s President and Board of Trustees in insisting on equal treatment of women. Along the way, the authors weave together recurring themes in African American history: the impact of racism, the importance of education, the role of sports, and gender equality.

“The realization of this work is no small feat. It’s a testament to how the tenacious Slowe made the grade and altered the educational landscape.” — Phi Kappa Phi Forum

“This is THE authoritative source to date on Lucy Diggs Slowe. It contributes to African American history, American history, the history of higher education, women’s educational history, and women’s history in general.”— Linda M. Perkins, Claremont Graduate University

Carroll L. L. Miller (1909–2003) was Dean of the Howard University Graduate School. Anne S. Pruitt-Logan is Professor Emerita of Educational Policy and Leadership at the Ohio State University. She is the coauthor (with Jerry G. Gaff and Joyce E. Jentoft) of Preparing Future Faculty in the Sciences and Mathematics: A Guide for Change and (with Jerry G. Gaff and Richard A. Weibl) of Building the Faculty We Need: Colleges and Universities Working Together

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations




1. The Early Years

2. The College Years: 1904–1908

3. Public School Teacher, Principal, and Tennis Champion: 1908–1922

4. A Call to Alma Mater and the Durkee Years: 1922–1926

5. The Dean of Women and President Mordecai Wyatt Johnson—The Early Years: 1926–1930

6. The Middle Johnson Years: 1931–1934

7. Dean Slowe and President Johnson—The Latter Years: 1934–1937

8. Shared Interests

9. Views and Philosophy

10. A Celebration of Life

11. The Things One Keeps

12. Conclusion


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