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The HistoryMakers Video Oral History With Gwendolyn E. Boyd

Stearns, Scott; HistoryMakers (Video Oral History Collection)
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
Mechanical engineer and civic leader Gwendolyn Elizabeth Boyd was born on December 27, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama. An honor student in math, Boyd graduated as valedictorian of Jefferson Davis High School in 1973. She attended Alabama State University and graduated summa cum laude in 1977, with her B.S. degree in mathematics and minors in music and physics. She was recruited to attend Yale University's School of Engineering where, in 1979, she became the first African American woman to receive her M.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Yale. In 1980, Boyd began her career at the Applied Physics Laboratory at John Hopkins University as a submarine navigation systems analyst before being appointed as the executive assistant to the Chief of Staff in 2004. Boyd was elected National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority in 2000. In 2007, Boyd received her M.Div. degree from Howard University. She became president of Alabama State University in 2014.
Performers
Denise Gines, interviewer.
Release Date
2016
Run Time
133 min.
Language
English
Variant Title
History Makers video oral history with Gwendolyn E. Boyd
Gwendolyn E. Boyd
Credits
Videographer, Scott Stearns.
Published
Chicago, Illinois : The HistoryMakers, [2016]
Recording Info
Recorded Fort Washington, Maryland 2007 April 25.
Description
1 online resource (5 video files (2 hr., 12 min., 48 sec.)) : sound, color
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