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FAQs about Nannie Helen Burroughs

Discover more about a hero in African-American history with the Nannie Helen Burroughs Project, based in Annapolis, Maryland. As a black activist, Burroughs was at the forefront of a racial revolution in our country. Contact us today to learn more.

Q. Why has there been so little written about Nannie Helen Burroughs?
A. One theory is that she was in competition with other black educators and activists, such as Mary McLeod Bethune. A second theory is that most historians were male, and she had fought sexism in all aspects of society.

Q. Was she married?    
A. No. Just as was the case with her dear friend Carter Woodson, she was married to her work. Her life was dedicated to her school, the church, and efforts on the national political scene.

Q. From where did she receive her doctorate degree?
A. Shaw University awarded her an Honorary Doctorate Degree in 1944.

Q. How far had she traveled?
A. In 1932, she traveled 32,350 miles. In 1905, she traveled to London to speak to the First Baptist World Alliance meeting on "Women’s Work."

Q. When was the school founded and where?
A. The school was founded in 1909, in Lincoln Heights, Washington, DC. The first commencement exercise for National Training School for Women and Girls was on June 6, 1911.

Nannie Helen Burroughs, African-American History in Annapolis, MD

Q. Did Nannie Burroughs’ school teach missionaries?
A. Yes. They did so in 1909, with Mary McLeod Bethune as the opening day guest speaker. The Missionary Training Program was supported strongly by the Women’s American Baptist Home Mission Society, an organization of Northeastern and Midwestern white women.

Q. What is the 3 R's and 3 B's Principle she believed in?
A. Nannie Burroughs believed in the 3 R's: "Reading," "’Riting," and "’Rithmetic. She also firmly believed in the 3 B's: "the Bible," "the Bath," and the "Broom."

Q. Why is so little known about Nannie Helen Burroughs?
A. The possibility is because she passed in 1961. Shortly thereafter, many important things happened, such as the Civil Rights Legislation and the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., and Malcolm X, which overshadowed her work.

Q. How do I get more information about Nannie Helen Burroughs life?
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Contact us today in Annapolis, Maryland, for details about this icon of African-American history.