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Leadership and Higher Education


Doctor of Education (Ed.D)

Dissertation Chair

Alayne Sullivan, Ph.D.

Committee Members

Ronald Morgan, Ph.D.

Philip Mirci, Ph.D.


education; social sciences; adult education; African-American; civil rights; history; social justice; transformative


African American Studies | Educational Leadership


The transformative leadership of African American women has only rarely been acknowledged or put into practice. The insights they revealed in their historical biographies have helped to lay the foundation for multicultural education. Their voices, which advocated for collective decision making and an end to racial and sexual oppression, have been ignored and subjugated to accommodate the current curriculum-centered, assessment-driven reform, No Child Left Behind. The power of their ideas has been demonstrated through the actions of activists and leaders of civil rights movements from the mid-19th and 20th centuries. These ideas have appeared to be essential to establishing an education system that is steeped in social justice and equity. The actions of the African American moral transformative women leaders have illustrated the transformative power of education and the importance of using education to create a democratic society. This study has highlighted the themes of moral transformative leadership through a textual analysis of selected biographies of African American women leaders.


© 2010 Christiane Stephens

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ISBN: 9781124209548