Baker, Constance D., 1912-

Biography:

"Mrs. Constance Baker was born in Tougaloo, Mississippi, on March 3, 1912. Her parents, H.B. Johnson and Mattie Douglas Johnson, moved to Hattiesburg when she was two years old. She has one sister, Eula. She attended Sixteenth Section School, the Third Ward School (Grace Love), and Eureka High School. After graduating from high school, she completed a two-year teacher training program at Alcorn Agricultural and Mechanical College, received a Bachelor of Science degree from Jackson College, and earned a master's degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Mrs. Baker has spent her life teaching and working for civil rights, and she is active in the NAACP. She taught in Perry County and Hattiesburg schools and at the Kelly Settlement. She was involved in the Head Start program from its inception. In the summer of 1968, Mrs. Baker was an instructor in a Head Start teachers' training program at the University of Southern Mississippi. Mrs. Baker married Robert Baker. She lives in Hattiesburg."--Oral history with Constance D. Baker.

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