College of Education to be named in honor of Mary Frances Early

The University of Georgia’s College of Education can be named powerful February 2020 to honor one of the state’s pioneering educators – Mary Frances Early, UGA’s first African American graduate and longtime leader of song schooling in Atlanta’s public college system. The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia gave final approval Wednesday for UGA to call the College of Education in honor of Early, a crucial parent within the desegregation of UGA. Regents approve call to change to apprehend UGA’s first African American graduate.

“Through her braveness and determination, Ms. Early has made an indelible mark on UGA, and we’re pleased to honor her legacy and lifelong accomplishments as a track educator and civil rights icon,” said the University of Georgia President Jere W. Morehead. “I would love to thank the Chancellor and Board of Regents and applaud them for their aid in this becoming tribute to Ms. Early’s life and legacy,” Morehead said that the college plans to maintain the naming ceremony on February 2020 as a part of UGA’s celebration of Black History Month.

“Ms. Early has spent her existence as a tireless endorse for racial equality and the significance of track education within the lives of youngsters,” said College of Education Dean Denise A. Spangler. “We are proud to create this permanent tribute to Ms. Early and the infinite lives she has touched.” In April, the university released a fundraising initiative to honor Early, which has raised $2.6 million to date, and that effort maintains. Morehead made a lead present: a designation of $200,000 from the President’s Venture Fund, which, while matched via the UGA Foundation, has created four new $ hundred 000 Georgia Commitment Scholarships for students with financial need. These Georgia Commitment Scholarships have been given a choice for college students pursuing majors inside the College of Education or music education majors inside the Hugh Hodgson School of Music.


A local of Atlanta Early came to UGA in the summer of 1961. Earlier that yr, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, and Hamilton Holmes became the first African American college students to enroll at UGA. Early had begun postgraduate paintings at the University of Michigan when she transferred to UGA to finish her research. She had become the first African American to earn a diploma from the University of Georgia when she graduated on Aug. 16, 1962, with a grasp’s diploma in song training. She later again to UGA to earn a Specialist in Education diploma.

Early, who turned into class valedictorian at Henry McNeal Turner High School and earned a bachelor’s diploma in tune schooling from Clark College (now Clark Atlanta University) in 1957, became a music teacher inside the Atlanta Public Schools and become sooner or later promoted to song director of the entire college system. She labored with instructors within the gadget’s hundred-plus schools and became in fee of the music curriculum, finances, textbooks, and extra. Early retired in 1994 after running for 37 years in public faculties. She later taught at Morehouse College, Spelman College, and Clark Atlanta University as head of the music department.

Morehead led the willpower of her portrait inside the university’s Administration Building closing fall. In January 2018, she became named the recipient of one of UGA’s highest honors, the President’s Medal. She was offered an honorary doctorate from UGA in 2013, and a documentary, “Mary Frances Early: The Quiet Trailblazer,” is dedicated to her existence. Her life and accomplishments have been featured in a Georgia Groundbreakers profile. She has added inspirational speeches on campus on many activities, maximum these days at the Black Faculty and Staff Organization’s 17th annual Founders’ Award Scholarship Luncheon.

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