The Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room and the Allegra Westbrooks Regional Library are proud to present Dr. Sonya Ramsey who will discuss her new book, Bertha Maxwell-Roddey: A Modern-Day Race Woman and the Power of Black Leadership. Dr. Maxwell-Roddey was long associated with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, and became one of its first black principals at Albemarle Elementary, a white school. She has devoted her career to the education of children and expanding Charlotte's cultural institutions. Shortly, joining UNC Charlotte's Education Department in 1970, she founded founder and served as the first Director of UNC Charlotte's Africana Studies Department.. In 1974 co-founded the African American Cultural and Service Center which is today known as the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Art & Culture. A strong advocate for black women, Maxwell-Roddey has served in leadership positions both locally and nationally for the Gamma Lambda Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.. She retired from UNC Charlotte in 1986 and has since been named the Frank Porter Graham Professor Emeritus.
* This program will be taped live.