Wilkerson, Doxey Alphonso, 1905-1993

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An African-American educator, Doxey A. Wilkerson, made significant contributions to early childhood education and teacher education for secondary school, especially with regard to minority and disadvantaged students.

Wilkerson was a professor of education at Howard University from 1935-1943 and served as a research associate for the Carnegie Corporation study of the Negro in America, 1939-1940. He served as national vice president of the American Federation of Teachers (1937-1941), using his office as a vehicle to garner support for federal aid for education of black Americans. Wilkerson joined the Communist Party in 1943 and served on its national committee. He resigned in 1957. After leaving Howard University in 1943, Wilkerson became executive editor of the progressive Harlem newspaper, The People's Voice, leaving there in 1948 to serve as the Director of Curriculum with teaching responsibilities at Manhattan's Jefferson School of Social Science, known for its Marxist perspective.

From 1963-1973 Wilkerson was a professor of education and chairman of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction with Yeshiva University in New York. And from 1973 until his retirement in 1984 he was a technical coordinator and vice president for Mediax Associates, an educational consulting firm in Westport, Connecticut. This company sought to further the educational growth of children through professional staff development and worked with schools throughout the United States.

Wilkerson published numerous books, book chapters, and journal articles about equality of education for African Americans and the general populace. His earlier articles also focused on Communism. In 1962 he and his wife moved to South Norwalk, Connecticut where he served on the boards of numerous local civic organizations, some educational and black oriented. Throughout his retirement he devoted his energy to the improvement of this state. Wilkerson died at age 88 in 1993.

From the description of Doxey A. Wilkerson papers, 1927-1993 (bulk 1950's-1980's) (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 288789869

An African-American educator, Doxey A. Wilkerson, made significant contributions to early childhood education and teacher education for secondary school, especially with regard to minority and disadvantaged students.

Wilkerson was a professor of education at Howard University from 1935-1943 and served as a research associate for the Carnegie Corporation study of the Negro in America, 1939-1940. He served as national vice president of the American Federation of Teachers (1937-1941), using his office as a vehicle to garner support for federal aid for education of black Americans. Wilkerson joined the Communist Party in 1943 and served on its national committee. He resigned in 1957. After leaving Howard University in 1943, Wilkerson became executive editor of the progressive Harlem newspaper, The People's Voice, leaving there in 1948 to serve as the Director of Curriculum with teaching responsibilities at Manhattan's Jefferson School of Social Science, known for its Marxist perspective.

From 1963-1973 Wilkerson was a professor of education and chairman of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction with Yeshiva University in New York. And from 1973 until his retirement in 1984 he was a technical coordinator and vice president for Mediax Associates, an educational consulting firm in Westport, Connecticut. This company sought to further the educational growth of children through professional staff development and worked with schools throughout the United States.

Wilkerson published numerous books, book chapters, and journal articles about equality of education for African Americans and the general populace. His earlier articles also focused on Communism. In 1962 he and his wife moved to South Norwalk, Connecticut where he served on the boards of numerous local civic organizations, some educational and black oriented. Throughout his retirement he devoted his energy to the improvement of this state. Wilkerson died at age 88 in 1993.

From the guide to the Doxey A. Wilkerson papers, 1927-1993, 1950's-1980's, (The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.)

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn John Pittman Papers, Bulk, 1926-1983, 1905-1987, (Bulk 1926-1983) Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives
creatorOf Wilkerson, Doxey Alphonso, 1905-1993. Doxey A. Wilkerson papers, 1927-1993 (bulk 1950's-1980's) New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Carnegie Corporation of New York. Carnegie-Myrdal Study of the Negro in America research memoranda collection, 1935-1948. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Tamiment Library. Tamiment Library manuscript files collection relating to individuals and organizations associated with radicalism, the labor movement, and progressive social action in the United States, 1950-2001 (bulk 1910-1965). Churchill County Museum
referencedIn Annette T. Rubinstein Papers, Bulk, 1946-1975, 1937-2007 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
referencedIn Ralph Bunche papers, 1922-1988 The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.
referencedIn Bunche, Ralph J. (Ralph Johnson), 1904-1971. Ralph Bunche papers, 1922-1988. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Stern, Bernhard Joseph, 1894-1956. Bernhard Stern/Alain Locke collection, 1931-1955. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn James Allen Papers, Bulk, 1945-1970, 1920-1986, (Bulk 1945-1970) Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
referencedIn Tamiment Library Manuscript Files, Bulk, 1910-1965, 1749-1988 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
referencedIn Van Sickle, Leftist Pamphlet Collection, 1900-1993 Special Collections and University Archives, University of Central Florida Libraries,
creatorOf Wilkerson, Doxey A. On the concept "negro" / [Doxey A. Wilkerson]. Pittsburg State University, Leonard H. Axe Library
referencedIn Jefferson School of Social Science Records and Indexes, Bulk, 1944-1955, 1931-1958, (Bulk 1944-1955) Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives
creatorOf Doxey A. Wilkerson papers, 1927-1993, 1950's-1980's The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.
referencedIn Jefferson School of Social Science (New York, N.Y.). Records and indexes, 1931-1958 (bulk 1944-1955). Churchill County Museum
referencedIn Bernhard Stern/Alain Locke collection, 1931-1955 The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.
referencedIn Allen, James S. Papers, [ca. 1927]-1985 (bulk 1945-1965). Churchill County Museum
referencedIn Pittman, John. Papers, 1905-1987 (bulk 1926-1983). Churchill County Museum
referencedIn Callis, Henry Arthur, 1887-1974. Henry A. Callis papers, 1888-1974 (bulk 1905-1974). Moorland-Spingarn Resource Center
referencedIn Carnegie-Myrdal Study of the Negro in America research memoranda collection, 1935-1948 The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.
referencedIn Rubinstein, Annette T. (Annette Teta), 1910-2007. Papers, 1937-1994 (bulk 1946-1975). Churchill County Museum
referencedIn The Daily Worker and The Daily World Photographs Collection, 1920-2001 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
referencedIn Herbert Aptheker Papers, 1842-1999, (bulk 1934-1994) Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Allen, James S. person
associatedWith Allen, James S. person
associatedWith American Federation of Teachers. corporateBody
associatedWith Aptheker, Herbert person
associatedWith Bunche, Ralph J. (Ralph Johnson), 1904-1971. person
correspondedWith Callis, Henry Arthur, 1887-1974. person
associatedWith Carnegie Corporation of New York corporateBody
associatedWith Carnegie Corporation of New York. person
associatedWith Communist Party of the United States of America. corporateBody
associatedWith George Washington Carver Community Center (Norwalk, Conn.) corporateBody
associatedWith Jefferson School of Social Science (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Little Red School House (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Norwalk Drug Abuse Committee. corporateBody
associatedWith Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now. corporateBody
associatedWith Operation SPEAR (Norwalk, Conn.) corporateBody
associatedWith Pittman, John. person
associatedWith Pittman, John. person
associatedWith Rubinstein, Annette T. (Annette Teta), 1910-2007. person
associatedWith Stern, Bernhard Joseph, 1894-1956. person
associatedWith Tamiment Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Van Sickle person
associatedWith Village Creek Homeowners Association (Norwalk, Conn.) corporateBody
associatedWith Yeshiva University. corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
Norwalk (Conn.)
United States
Norwalk (Conn.)
Subject
African American civic leaders
Educational sociology
Black race
African American college teachers
Communism in education
Education--Elementary
Teachers--Training of
Communism--United States
African Americans--Education
African American educators
African American intellectuals
African American communists
Black author
Segregation in education
Communism
African Americans--Race identity
Segregation in education--United States
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Birth 1905

Death 1993

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