Queen, Anne, 1911-2005


Anne Queen was born into a working family in Canton, North Carolina. She graduated fro high school in 1930 and accepted a job at the Champion Paper and Fibre Company, where she worked for ten years. During this time, she grew to identify herself as a New Deal Democrat. Queen became increasingly interested in the labor movement during the 1930s and sought to reconcile its ideals with her religious faith. By 1940, she became determined to act on her lifelong desire to receive a college education and enrolled at Berea College in Kentucky. While a student at Berea, Queen was able to interact with African Americans for the first time in her life and became increasingly drawn to issues of social justice. Following her graduation in 1955, she participated in the first interracial workshops at Fisk University before studying for a year at the Missionary Training School in Louisville, Kentucky. From there, Queen continued her education at Yale Divinity School In so doing, she disproved her own earlier belief that "poor people couldn't go to Yale." After finishing her doctoral work in 1948, Queen returned to the South to work as an assistant chaplain at the University of Georgia (1948-1951), for the Friends Service Committee in Greensboro, North Carolina (1951-1956), and as the director of the YWCA-YMCA at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1956-1975).--From Oral Histories of the American South biography.

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