Date of Award

Spring 1994

Document Type

Dissertation - Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)




All too often the assumption is made that all systems of higher education are the same for all groups of people. Little consideration is given to specific experiences or the possibility of differences in the preparation as expressed by race, class and gender. As our society becomes more diverse, more attention should be placed. on sharing and appreciating the unique approaches to higher education for various sets. This study seeks to give a distinctive voice to the preparation received by women of African American descent at a traditionally Black college during the roughly thirty year period between 1930 and 1959. This study identifies the goals and methods of education for Black women and also points out the distinctive limitations that had to be addressed in their preparation. It deals finally with the middle class role these women assumed to enhance the lives of those within the African American community.



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