“Myrtilla Miner: Celebrating a Legacy of Excellence in Education”

The 38th Annual Founders’ Day observance at UDC commemorates the 200th birthday of the University’s abolitionist founder, Myrtilla Miner, who established the “Miner School for Colored Girls” in 1851.

Myrtilla Miner was a pioneering proponent of the concept that “no child be left behind” in terms of providing a quality education for all children in the District of Columbia regardless of race, creed or class. Considered by some to be the “mother” of public education in the nation’s capital, she fought against the odds to ensure learning opportunities for African-American girls and earned Congressional support for her groundbreaking institution. Miner’s efforts to privately educate minority youth and the resulting backlash from the broader community were the catalyst for increased support of public education for all children in the nation’s capital, and ultimately to the establishment of the public university and urban land-grant institution is UDC today.

There are a number of articles, written narratives and one book located on the internet, which chronicle Miss Miner’s life and contributions.  One such article was written by Denise Oliver Velez, and provides an outstanding summary of the bicentennial legacy that we celebrate this month.

Click here to learn more about Myrtilla Miner.


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