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Marcella L. McCoy

educator, leader, and writer, was born Jeanne Laveta Noble in Albany, Georgia (although some reports suggest she was born in Palm Beach, Florida), to Aurelia and Floyd Noble. She was reared primarily by her grandmother, Maggie Brown who was a first grade teacher and owned a florist shop Her mother was young and her father left the family before Noble reached five years of age Noble the eldest child with three younger brothers took her grandmother s advice to pursue a career and an education in order to secure her economic independence Noble like many children in the Jim Crow South had a rude awakening to the contradictions of American society She was sent home from a visit to a church affiliated camp for presuming that she could engage in church activities alongside white children As a result Noble refused to associate with the church until ...

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Steven R. Carter

and contributor to the Black Arts movement and regional theater. Soon after Ted (Theodis) Shine's birth in Baton Rouge, he and his parents, Theodis and Bessie, moved to Dallas where he grew up. At Howard University he was encouraged to pursue satiric playwriting by Owen Dodson, who tactfully indicated Shine's limits as a tragic writer. His play Sho Is Hot in the Cotton Patch was produced at Howard in 1951. Graduating in 1953, Shine studied at the Karamu Theatre in Cleveland on a Rockefeller grant through 1955 and then served two years in the army. Earning his MA at the University of lowa in 1958, he began his career as a teacher of drama at Dillard University in 1960, moving to Howard University from 1961to 1967 and then settling at Prairie View A M University where he became a professor and head ...