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Jean Dresden Grambs (1919–1989)

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Jean Dresden Grambs was the daughter of Russian immigrants. A native of California, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Reed College, Portland, Oregon, and then went on to a PhD at Stanford University. An educator, author and activist, she pioneered national desegregation efforts in the 1950s and 1960s, becoming an acclaimed expert on African American education issues. She demonstrated how textbooks discriminated against female children and documented the issues of elderly women. Moving to Maryland in 1953, she became an adult education supervisor in the Prince George's county public school system from 1955-1958. In 1972, she began chairing a committee that established a internationally recognized women's studies program. She was a member of the task force that established the Prince George's Community College, and lectured at the University of Maryland-College Park where she became an associate professor and finally professor emerita. She consulted with schools, colleges, universities, police departments and national organizations about desegregation and easing racial tensions. She turned her attention to issues of aging in the mid-1970s, and helped establish a senior center in College Park, Maryland. She authored or co-authored seven books, edited five other books and authored over seventy articles. [adapted from: Therese C. Yewell, Women of Achievement in Prince George's County, Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission, 1994, p. 115]
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