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The HistoryMakers Video Oral History With Dolores R. Spikes

Stearns, Scott; HistoryMakers (Video Oral History Collection)
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
University president Dolores Margaret Richard Spikes was born on August 24, 1936 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In 1957, Spikes earned her B.S. degree in mathematics from Southern University and her M.S. degree in mathematics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1958. Returning to Louisiana, she taught at Mossville High School before she was hired by Southern University as an assistant professor of mathematics in 1961. In 1971, Spikes became the first African American to earn a Ph.D. degree in mathematics from Louisiana State University. In 1988, Spikes was appointed president of Southern University and the A&M College System, becoming the first woman in the United States to head a university system and to be president of a public university in the State of Louisiana. Later, in 1996, Spikes became the president of the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore where she served until 2001. Spikes passed away on June 1, 2015, at age 78.
Performers
Larry Crowe, interviewer.
Release Date
2016
Run Time
211 min.
Language
English
Variant Title
History Makers video oral history with Dolores R. Spikes
Dolores R. Spikes
Credits
Videographer, Scott Stearns.
Published
Chicago, Illinois : The HistoryMakers, [2016]
Recording Info
Recorded Baton Rouge, Louisiana 2008 March 27.
Description
1 online resource (7 video files (3 hr., 30 min., 10 sec.)) : sound, color
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