Historical Spotlight

Inez Beverly Prosser (1897-1934)

Inez Beverly Prosser was a strong willed individual who beat [the] odds, and had it not been for a tragic accident, would have made even more contributions to psychology and our world as we now know it.

Inez Beverly Prosser was born in 1897 to Samuel Andrew and Veola Hamilton Beverly in the small town of Yoakum, Texas (www.tsha.utexas.edu). She had a long and reputable academic career, which is notable, because it was almost unheard of for a Black woman to be so extensively educated in her time. She received higher training, college, and master’s degrees in education, and served as dean and registrar at Tillotson College from 1921-1930.

In 1931 Inez was awarded the Rockefeller Foundation General Education Board Fellowship because of her excellent and well known work as a teacher (Warren, 1999). In 1933 she received a Ph.D., one of the first African-American women to accomplish this in the United States, in educational psychology from the University of Cincinnati (www.tsha.utexas.edu). Her dissertation, which received a huge amount of recognition, was on The Non-Academic Development of Negro Children in Mixed and Segregated Schools. It was also one of the earliest treatises on the social domain of elementary school children (Warren, 1999).

More about Inez Beverly Prosser HERE.



Citation: http://faculty.webster.edu/woolflm/prosser.html

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