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Told in her own captivating voice, the remarkable story of the late pioneering educator Ruth Wright Hayre is indispensable reading for anyone concerned about the future of our society, specifically the enduring crisis in public education.
RUTH WRIGHT HAYRE (1910-1998) was the first full-time African American teacher in the Philadelphia public school system, the first African American senior high school principal, and the first female president of the Philadelphia Board of Education. For her advocacy programs in support of urban teenagers in Philadelphia, Ms. Hayre received honors and awards from dozens of local and national organizations, including the University of Pennsylvania and the NAACP. ALEXIS MOORE is a journalist and a member of the editorial board of the Philadelphia Inquirer.