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The HistoryMakers video oral history with Miriam DeCosta-Willis.

Author: Miriam DeCosta-Willis; Kelly Navies; Scott Stearns; HistoryMakers (Video oral history collection),
Publisher: Chicago, Illinois : The HistoryMakers, [2016]
Edition/Format:   eVideo : Clipart/images/graphics : English
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Professor Laurie DeCosta-Willis was born on November 1, 1934, in Florence, Alabama. She grew up in the South but graduated from Westover School and received her B A. degree and Phi Beta Kappa honors from Wellesley College in 1956, and her M A. and Ph.D. degrees from the Johns Hopkins University in 1960 and 1967, respectively. After teaching at LeMoyne and Owen Colleges, she became the first African American faculty  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Oral histories
Internet videos
Interviews
Named Person: Miriam DeCosta-Willis
Material Type: Clipart/images/graphics, Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Miriam DeCosta-Willis; Kelly Navies; Scott Stearns; HistoryMakers (Video oral history collection),
OCLC Number: 1003150200
Credits: Videographer, Scott Stearns.
Performer(s): Kelly Navies, interviewer.
Event notes: Recorded
Washington, District of Columbia
2003 July 31.
Description: 1 online resource (6 video files (2 hr., 40 min., 47 sec.)) : sound, color.
Other Titles: History Makers video oral history with Miriam DeCosta-Willis
Miriam DeCosta-Willis

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Professor Laurie DeCosta-Willis was born on November 1, 1934, in Florence, Alabama. She grew up in the South but graduated from Westover School and received her B A. degree and Phi Beta Kappa honors from Wellesley College in 1956, and her M A. and Ph.D. degrees from the Johns Hopkins University in 1960 and 1967, respectively. After teaching at LeMoyne and Owen Colleges, she became the first African American faculty member at Memphis State University. In 1970, she was named professor of Spanish and, later, chair of the department of romance languages at Howard University. Before retiring from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, in 1999, she taught at LeMoyne-Owen and was Commonwealth Professor at George Mason. As co-founder of the Memphis Black Writers' Workshop, she has published eight books and numerous articles. She had four children with her first husband, Russell Sugarmon, Jr.

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