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Mary Frances Early received her master's degree in music education from UGA on August 16, 1962.
transferred to Georgia from the University of Michigan
and was the first of these pioneering students to graduate.
She eventually became the first African American president of the Georgia Music Educators Association, and later was the head of the music department at Clark Atlanta University.
Later, around 1968, the first African American professor arrived on the UGA campus.
That professor was Dr. Richard M. Graham, a pioneer in the field of music therapy, who became my professor and a major influence in my life in the same school of music from which Mary Frances Early had graduated.
DR. MARY FRANCES ...
DR. MARY FRANCES EARLY
Mary Frances Early: A Living Legend of the University of Georgia When one thinks of prominent figures in African American
DR. MARY FRANCES EARLY
Mary Frances Early: A Living Legend of the University of Georgia When one thinks of prominent figures in African American history the direct correlation is that those leaders lived and died long ago, and are far removed from present-day society.
In lieu of Dr. Mary Frances Early's achievements, she
is a "Living Legend" walking amongst the faculty, staff, and students here at Clark Atlanta University
Professor Mary Frances Early graduated valedictorian from Clark College in 1957 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education.
then pursued her
post graduate studies at the University of Michigan
in the summer months, while she
taught in Georgia during the school year.
Appalled by the treatment of the two African American students at the University of Georgia
by their white counterparts, she
felt compelled to transfer from the University of Michigan
to apply for admission into the University of Georgia
While in attendance at University of Georgia
, Mary Frances Early
, endured many blatant hardships and dehumanizing attitudes from her
Dr. Early, became a beacon of light for all to see when she became the 1st African American to obtain a graduate degree from the University of Georgia on August 16, 1962.
commencement ceremony initiated the integration of the university; in which her
beloved family, friends and church members proudly viewed the momentous occasion.
completion at the University of Georgia
, Dr. Mary Frances Early
went on mold the minds of the Black youth through musical endeavors.
then retired in 1994 and currently presides as the Chairwoman of the music department here at Clark Atlanta University
Early honored for being ...
Early honored for being first black to earn a degree at UGA | Community Spirit
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Early honored for being first black to earn a degree at UGA
ATHENS -- (Athens Banner Herald) Mary Frances Early
was so happy Monday morning that she
burst into song.
Mary Frances Early
meets J.J. Harris Elementary School
student Keshundra Glenn on Monday during a reception at J.J. Harris
in Early's honor.
"What the world needs now, is love, sweet love.
That's the only thing there's just too little of," Early
sang in her
clear, sweet voice - right in the middle of her
speech to more than 500 people attending the annual Freedom Breakfast at the University of Georgia's
Tate Student Center.
Early, UGA's first black graduate, gave the keynote address Tuesday morning, then spent part of the afternoon at J.J. Harris Elementary School for a community reception in her honor - where she explained why she sang.
"I didn't plan to sing that little portion of the song," said Early, who enrolled as UGA's first black graduate student in 1961 and was the first black person to graduate from the university when she earned her master's degree in music education in 1962.
said, "I was so emotional.
Early had a long and distinguished career in music education after graduating from UGA - as a teacher and administrator for 37 years in the Atlanta public school system, and later as head of the music department at Clark Atlanta University.
was happy Monday because of the honor and recognition she
got as a pioneer in the desegregation of the university.
also was sad as she
thought of King, whom she
knew, and how his
life ended too soon, cut short by an assassin's bullet.
"This has been a most extraordinary day for me," she
"It took 38 years for the University of Georgia
to even recognize I was here, but Lord, since they started, it's like fast-forward."
morning talk, Early
recalled a time when UGA
was not so welcoming.
Just days after the university's first two black students, Hamilton Holmes and Charlayne Hunter (now Hunter-Gault) set foot on campus, Early
decided to support them by transferring to UGA
from graduate school at the University of Michigan
At one point that summer, a group of jeering students - young white men - threw rocks at her
When one of the rocks hit her
in the shoulder, she
threw it back at them.
tried even harder after that to act as King taught, with love and without violence.
"We have come a long way since 1961," Early
"You have done a superb job and have brought the University of Georgia
closer to the American dream."
But UGA and the nation still haven't fulfilled King's vision, she said.
"It is our challenge - no, our responsibility - to make the dream a complete reality," she
• Mary Frances Early, who in ...
• Mary Frances Early, who in 1962 was the first African American to earn a degree at the University of Georgia, received the President's Fulfilling the Dream Award from University of Georgia president Michael F. Adams.
taught in the Atlanta public school system for 37 years.
Later she was an adjunct professor at Spelman College and Morehouse College and chaired the department of music at Clark Atlanta University.
retired in 2005.
ATHENS, GA - The eighth annual ...
ATHENS, GA - The eighth annual Freedom Breakfast featuring Mary Frances Early, the University of Georgia's first African-American graduate, has been rescheduled for Feb. 14 at 7:30 a.m. in the Grand Hall of the Tate Student Center.
A reception honoring Early
also has been rescheduled and will be held from 1-2:30 p.m. Feb. 14 in the cafeteria of J.J. Harris Elementary Charter School
, 2300 Danielsville Road.
will deliver the keynote address for the Freedom Breakfast, which will include the presentation of the President's Fulfilling the Dream Awards.
will make brief closing remarks.
Early completed her graduate studies in the College of Education where she earned her master's degree in music education in 1962.
She went on to receive a specialist degree in 1971.
Early taught music, band and chorus for 37 years in Atlanta public schools.
She retired in 1994 and became an adjunct music professor at Spelman and Morehouse colleges.
She went on to chair the music department at Clark Atlanta University for eight years before retiring again in 2005.