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Dr. Ruth Wright Hayre, in Philadelphia, the retired, first African American woman president of the Philadelphia Board of Education.
Her grandfather, Richard R. Wright, lived through the Civil War as a child and received an elementary school education at a missionary school in Atlanta set up by Northern missionaries for newly freed slave children.He later attended Oxford University, Penn and Harvard and he became president of Georgia State College. At age 67, he founded Citizens and Southern Bank of Philadelphia.
The public school at 28th Street and Susquehanna Avenue is named for him, and children at that school were picked as some of the recipients of Mrs. Hayre's scholarship fund. The name of the fund, ``Tell Them We Are Rising,'' was a quote from him. It was his answer to a Northern general who asked students at a missionary school in Atlanta after the Civil War what message he should take back North.
Her father, Richard R. Wright Jr., was said to be the 10th black man in the country to earn a doctorate. He was an author and an African Methodist Episcopal bishop. He was president of Wilberforce College (now University).
Born and raised in Philadelphia on 34th Street near the Univ of Penna., an honors graduate from West Philadelphia High School at age 15, Mrs. Hayre completed her undergraduate work in secondary education at Penn in three years. By the time she was 20, she had earned her master's degree at Penn and was headed toward a career in education.
Denied a teaching job in Philadelphia schools in 1931 because she was African American, she left the city to teach in an all-black school in Arkansas. She returned to the Philadelphia area some years later, and began work on her doctorate. In 1942, she was finally passed in the city's teacher's exam, and became the second black person to teach in junior high; she went on to become its first African American high-school teacher (1946). Dr. Hayre was Philadelphia's first black principal (1956), and the first black woman district superintendent (1963). Later, she was the first black woman to serve on the school board (1986), and in 1991, became its president. As she pushed students to expand their horizons, she encouraged parents to do the same: organizing and taking their demands to district meetings and the school board itself. In 1988, she established a trust fund, Tell Them We Are Rising, to pay college costs for 119 students at the Richard Wright and Kenderton Schools.In 1997, her autobiography, Tell Them We Are Rising: A Memoir of Faith in Education, was published.
Dr. Hayre is survived by her daughter, Sylvia Hayre and grandchildren, Lee Elizabeth Harrison and John Langston Harrison.
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