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date: 16 October 2019

Brown, Letitia Christine Woodslocked

(24 October 1915–03 August 1976)
  • Noralee Frankel

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Brown, Letitia Christine Woods (24 October 1915–03 August 1976), historian, was born in Tuskegee, Alabama, the daughter of Matthew Woods and Evadne Adams, professors. Her maternal grandfather, Lewis Adams, was born a slave and after the Civil War was instrumental in establishing the Tuskegee Normal School in 1881. Letitia’s parents both taught at Tuskegee Institute, continuing the family’s commitment to education. Letitia attended Tuskegee Institute High School and graduated with a B.S. from Tuskegee Institute in 1935. In 1937 she completed her M.A. at Ohio State University. While working on her advanced degree at Radcliffe College, she married Theodore E. Brown, a labor economist who later worked for the Agency for International Development in the U.S. Department of State. After raising two children and becoming involved in community projects in Mount Vernon, New York, she attended Harvard University, which awarded her a Ph.D. in 1966....

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