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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Elementary School Principal
Education Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Sweet Potatoes, Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Australia
Favorite Quote:
You Can't Make Chicken Salad If You Don't Have Any Chickens.

Birthplace

Born:
2/16/1946
Birth Location:
Newport News, Virginia

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Elementary School Principal
Education Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Sweet Potatoes, Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Australia
Favorite Quote:
You Can't Make Chicken Salad If You Don't Have Any Chickens.

Birthplace

Born:
2/16/1946
Birth Location:
Newport News
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Biography

Elementary school principal and education professor Barbara W. Farmer was born in Newport News, Virginia on February 16, 1946 to Rebecca and John Wilson. After graduating from Huntington High School in Newport News in 1963, she went on to earn her B.S. degree in business education from Hampton University in 1967. Farmer worked as an English teacher at Campbell County High School in Lynchburg, Virginia for one year. She married Edgar I. Farmer in 1968 and moved back to Hampton, Virginia where she taught business education at Kecoughtan High School from 1968 until 1974. Farmer continued teaching at various schools and community colleges, mostly in North Carolina, until 1994. She went on to receive her M.S. degree in education administration and supervision from North Carolina A & T State University, and her Ph.D. degree in educational leadership from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

In 1997, she became the first African American principal hired in the State College, Pennsylvania area school district. Farmer has also served as professor at Pennsylvania State University and hosted several shows. She is the former host of “What Matters” (a call-in television/radio show about diversity issues) and an “Issues Program” on WPSU Inside/Out series. Farmer’s research interests include organizational structures of teachers in traditional and magnet schools, cultural diversity initiatives, and leadership initiatives. In 2007, she co-edited Diversity in America: Visions of the Future, a textbook that discusses various issues of diversity. She also contributed a chapter to Leading with Character.

Farmer has served as a member of the Committees That Care/ Care Partnership Education Committee for Centre County, the Minority Policing Committee Community Task Force for Center County, a chairperson for the Professional Development Committee for the State College Area School District, and a chairperson for the ACT 48 Professional Recertification Committee. Farmer sat on the board of Leadership for Center Centre County, United Way of Centre County, and the Centre County Women’s Resource Center. Her hard work and dedication have been recognized with numerous honors

Farmer and her husband have three children: Becky, Eric, and Edgar, Jr.

Barbara W. Farmer was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on 12/01/2002.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Barbara Farmer's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Barbara Farmer lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Barbara Farmer talks about her father's side of the family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Barbara Farmer describes her parents' lives in South Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Barbara Farmer talks about her father's work
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Barbara Farmer remembers her father's pride in owning cars and a home
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Barbara Farmer talks about her mother and how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Barbara Farmer describes the sights, sounds, and smells of growing up in Newport News, Virginia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Barbara Farmer remembers her older brother, John Wilson, Jr.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Barbara Farmer recalls being burned as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Barbara Farmer describes the close-knit community in Newsome Park, Virginia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Barbara Farmer remembers her elementary schools
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Barbara Farmer talks about her experiences at Collis P. Huntington High School in Newport News, Virginia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Barbara Farmer describes her teachers at Collis P. Huntington High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Barbara Farmer recalls participating in the high school band
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Barbara Farmer describes her decision to attend Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Barbara Farmer recalls her desire to become a teacher
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Barbara Farmer remembers participating in the March on Washington in 1963
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Barbara Farmer talks about her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Barbara Farmer recalls the segregation in Newport News, Virginia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Barbara Farmer recounts her mother's handling of shopping experiences in a segregated society
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Barbara Farmer talks about adapting to integration
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Barbara Farmer describes Hampton Institute in Hampton, Virginia in the mid-1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Barbara Farmer recalls her teachers at Hampton Institute in Hampton, Virginia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Barbara Farmer talks about her husband, Edgar Farmer
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Barbara Farmer describes the various places her family has lived
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Barbara Farmer talks about how she adjusted to living in State College, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Barbara Farmer remembers integrating the Kecoughtan High School staff in 1969
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Barbara Farmer remembers living in Greensboro, North Carolina from 1979 to 1984
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Barbara Farmer recounts how she became an educational trainer
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Barbara Farmer talks about how her views on race evolved in adulthood
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Barbara Farmer describes her decision to attend graduate school at North Carolina A&T State University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Barbara Farmer describes attending North Carolina A&T State University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Barbara Farmer talks about earning her doctorate from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Barbara Farmer remembers moving back to State College, Pennsylvania in 1996
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Barbara Farmer describes how she became a school administrator in Centre County, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Barbara Farmer talks about being the first black principal in State College, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Barbara Farmer reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Barbara Farmer describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Barbara Farmer narrates her photographs