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Dianne Dentice

teacher, home economist, administrator, and civil rights activist, was born in Harrison, Texas, to Jeff D. and Meddie Lillian Estelle Allen. She was the oldest of their three children. Jeffie's father was an early graduate of Prairie View State Normal and Industrial College, established in 1876, and both her mother and maternal grandmother were teachers. When Jeffie was eleven years old her parents sent her to Mary Allen Seminary in Crocket, Texas, a school founded by Presbyterians in 1886 for the education of black girls. Her mother, an alumna of the school, considered it superior to the segregated public schools of the time. After two years at the seminary Jeffie scored exceedingly high marks on her entrance exams for Prairie View and began college as a thirteen-year-old sophomore in 1912. In 1914, at the age of fifteen, she graduated with a teaching certificate.

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Patricia E. Green

author, editor, historian, musician, and advocate for interracial, intercultural, and international understanding, was the youngest of nine children born to the Reverend Isaac George Bailey and Susie E. (Ford) Bailey, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas. The Reverend Bailey founded a college preparatory academy for black students in Dermott, Arkansas, and had affiliations with the Arkansas Baptist Convention and the National Negro Business League. Susie E. Bailey was president of the Southeast District Baptist Women's Association and was active in women's clubs. Their daughter, Sue, graduated from Spelman Seminary in 1920 and in 1926 became the first black student to receive a bachelor of science degree in Music from Oberlin Conservatory.

Bailey joined the music department at Hampton Institute in Hampton, Virginia, following graduation. In 1928 she moved to Harlem and assumed the role of the YWCA s national secretary for Colleges of the South ...