New Book: “Faithful to the Task at Hand: The Life of Lucy Diggs Slowe”

Lucy Diggs Slowe

Dr. Anne S. Pruitt-Logan has written a new book which explores the life of Lucy Diggs Slowe, one of the original sixteen founders of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and the the first Dean of Women at Howard University.

According the Dr. Pruitt-Logan’s website:

“Faithful to the Task at Hand is an account of the life of such a woman – Lucy Diggs Slowe. It marches alongside her as she grows up in Jim Crow America. It explores the forces that called her to be a spokesperson for African- American women’s rights, an authoritative voice on the social and educational conditions of African Americans, and a legend in educational, social service and educational assemblies in the early decades of the Twentieth Century.

The story is bracketed on one hand by the litany of successes, problems and grievances embedded in Slowe’s experiences as the first dean of women at Howard University and on the other by the story of Slowe as an architect of women’s organizations. It shifts from her early years as “Lucy” to her more mature years as “Miss Slowe” and finally to her university-administrator years as “Dean Slowe.” Interspersed are her triumphs as principal of the first junior high school for African American children in the District of Columbia and as the first African-American woman tennis champion in America.”

Dr. Pruitt-Logan is Professor Emerita of Educational Policy and Leadership at the Ohio State University.

To learn more about the book click here.

4 Responses to “New Book: “Faithful to the Task at Hand: The Life of Lucy Diggs Slowe””

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