When Helen M. Todd Changed Education History

Nannie Helen Burroughs and Our Mission Today

We are grateful to Dr. Opal Easter, who wrote the first biography of the great Black adult educator Nannie Helen Burroughs.

And for Dr. Easter's acknowledgments,  which inspired us by Opal thanking Burroughs for "reminding all of us of our responsibility to serve others."    Our mission in lifelong learning and continuing education. Nannie Helen Burroughs

Opal was on the LERN Board of Directors in the 1990s, the time when she published her work.  She notes that black people of all ages and situations so desired to learn how to read that they often lined up and filled the churches for literacy lessons, starting well before the civil war.   In these tough times, if people could do that back then, we too can be inspired to keep up our spirits and work on behalf of people and our society.  

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