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Department Chair and Associate Professor of Department of Music

Clark Atlanta University


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The New Social Worker Online Blog: College, civil rights, the past, and the present

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Mary Frances Early received her master's degree in music education from UGA on August 16, 1962.
However, Early 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.


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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. She 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 white counterparts. 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. Her commencement ceremony initiated the integration of the university; in which her beloved family, friends and church members proudly viewed the momentous occasion. Following her completion at the University of Georgia, Dr. Mary Frances Early went on mold the minds of the Black youth through musical endeavors. She then retired in 1994 and currently presides as the Chairwoman of the music department here at Clark Atlanta University.


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Early honored for being first black to earn a degree at UGA | Community Spirit
Title (Max 100 Characters) 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. But, she 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. She said she was happy Monday because of the honor and recognition she got as a pioneer in the desegregation of the university. But she 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 said. "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." In her 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, Early said. When one of the rocks hit her in the shoulder, she threw it back at them. Early tried even harder after that to act as King taught, with love and without violence. "We have come a long way since 1961," Early marveled. "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 said.


www.jbhe.com

• 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.
Early 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. She retired in 2005.


www.blackradionetwork.com

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. Early will deliver the keynote address for the Freedom Breakfast, which will include the presentation of the President's Fulfilling the Dream Awards. Early 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.


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