7 Black Female Educators Who Made History And Transformed Classrooms

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Fanny Jackson Coppin

1837 – 1913

Thomas J. O'Halloran, US News & World Report Magazine Collection

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A true trailblazer and champion for Black women, Fanny Jackson Coppin escaped slavery at the age of 12. At a time when educational opportunities were nearly non-existent for Black children, she educated herself for much of her teen years. Eventually, she went on to attend the first college that enrolled Black and female students. Later, she became the first Black principal of a school and eventually the first Black Superintendent.

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