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Claiborne, Virginia Spotswood McKenney

Virginia Spotswood McKenney Claiborne (1887 – 1981): activist for women’s education and occupational opportunity, museum director by Alice W. Campbell   The author is grateful to Meg Hughes, Director of Collections and Chief Curator at The Valentine and to Christine K. Vida,  Elise H. Wright Curator of General Collections at The Valentine, for bringing the… Continue Reading »

Petersen, Anna M.

Anna M. Petersen, reformatory superintendent, educator, eugenicist by Alice W. Campbell, Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries   Anna M. Petersen served as superintendent of the Virginia Home and Industrial School for Girls (Bon Air, VA) from 1914 – 1920.  Beginning in October 1916, Petersen took part in organizational meetings that would result in the founding of… Continue Reading »

Hatcher, Orie Latham

Orie Latham Hatcher, Ph.D. (December 10, 1868 – April 1, 1946): educator, pioneer of vocational guidance, founder, Bureau of Vocations for Women, organizer, Richmond School of Social Economy by Laura Crouch, Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries   Orie Latham Hatcher (1868-1946) was an educator and influential advocate for vocational guidance, both for women and for young… Continue Reading »

Light, Mattie McNab

During the past twenty-seven years she has been engaged in religious work, especially devoting her time and talents to evangelistic and rescue work among girls and women. Countless numbers have thus found in her an appreciative and sympathizing friend and a guide and help in time of sorest need.Continue Reading »

Keith-Lucas, Alan (1910 – 1995)

Alan Keith-Lucas (1910-1995): International Child Welfare Scholar & Advocate, Social Work Educator, and Author by Breanna Schuetz   Alan Keith-Lucas was a noted educator, author, and consultant in the care and welfare of children. In his extensive writings he addressed the helping relationship, and expanded the focus of helping children in group care to include… Continue Reading »

Garrison, William Lloyd

William Lloyd Garrison (December 10, 1805 – May 24, 1879) – Abolitionist and Editor of The Liberator By Catherine A. Paul “I will be as harsh as truth, and as uncompromising as justice. On this subject I do not wish to think, or speak, or write, with moderation.… I am in earnest—I will not equivocate—I will not… Continue Reading »

Falck, Hans Siegfried (1923 – 2014)

Author of Social Work: The Membership Perspective, Dr. Falck’s greatest contribution to the field was his development of the “Membership Theory” and his study of its implications and consequences for social work practice.Continue Reading »

Pritchard, Marion: Social Worker and Savior of Jews in WW II

The Dutch government surrendered to the Nazis 5 days after the Germans invaded in May, 1940. Millions of Jews, Gypsies, and others were slaughtered, while some Dutch people risked their lives to help the victims….Marion Pritchard was one of the rescuers. She concealed a Jewish family for nearly 3 years and killed a Dutch Nazi policeman to save the children.Continue Reading »

Healy, Bishop James Augustine (1830-1900)

James Augustine Healy: The First African American To Be Ordained a Roman Catholic PriestContinue Reading »

Brown, William Wells (1814-1884)

William Wells Brown –  Anti-Slavery Lecturer, Groundbreaking Novelist, Playwright and Historian     Introduction: William Wells Brown was an African American anti-slavery lecturer, groundbreaking novelist, playwright and historian. He is widely considered to have been the first African American to publish works in several major literary genres. Known for his continuous political activism especially in his involvement with the anti-slavery… Continue Reading »

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