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Hannah H. Thomas

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Civic Activist
Elementary School Teacher

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
You Can Be Anything You Want To Be.

Birthplace

Born:
12/25/1916
Birth Location:
Florence, Alabama

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Civic Activist
Elementary School Teacher

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
You Can Be Anything You Want To Be.

Birthplace

Born:
12/25/1916
Birth Location:
Florence
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Biography

Civic activist and elementary school teacher Hannah H. Thomas was born in Florence, Alabama on December 25, 1916. The eighth of ten children, she is the daughter of Evernee Hubbard and Everett N. Hawkins. Thomas graduated from Burrell High School in Florence, Alabama in 1939 and earned her B.S. degree in education from Alabama A & M University in 1951. She later earned her M.S. degree in education from the University of Cincinnati in 1964.

Thomas taught school for more than ten years in Alabama, and was given a Teacher of the Year award in 1956 before she moved to Cincinnati in 1958. She taught in the public schools in Cincinnati for twenty-two years. Although officially retired from teaching, she continues working as an educator. She also founded Cincinnati’s African American Heritage Day and the Sojourner Truth Drama Group.

Thomas has received many awards and honors, including her selection as one of 200 Greater Cincinnatians during the bicentennial in 1988, a Cincinnati Enquirer Woman of the Year Award in 1992, and the Zeta Phi Beta, the Beta Zeta Zeta Chapter, Woman of the Year Award in 1998. Thomas is also listed in America’s Registry of Outstanding Professionals and Who’s Who in the World. She passed away on January 22, 2014.

Hannah H. Thomas was interviewed by The HistoryMakers March 15, 2005.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Hannah H. Thomas' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Hannah H. Thomas lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Hannah H. Thomas describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Hannah H. Thomas describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Hannah H. Thomas recalls her family's sharecropping
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Hannah H. Thomas lists her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Hannah H. Thomas describes her schools around Florence, Alabama
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Hannah H. Thomas describes the sights, sounds, and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Hannah H. Thomas remembers Florence, Alabama during the Great Depression
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Hannah H. Thomas describes political shifts in rural Alabama
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Hannah H. Thomas remembers attending Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical College when her marriage ended
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Hannah H. Thomas describes Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical College in Huntsville, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Hannah H. Thomas describes teaching and attending the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Hannah H. Thomas remembers teaching public school in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Hannah H. Thomas describes her family
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Hannah H. Thomas describes creating the Harriet Beecher Stowe Historical Cultural Association
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Hannah H. Thomas describes the Soujourner Truth Troupe and African American Heritage Day
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Hannah H. Thomas describes history in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Hannah H. Thomas describes relations between police and civilians in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Hannah H. Thomas describes her goals for the future
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Hannah H. Thomas talks about her influence in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Hannah H. Thomas talks about the NAACP
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Hannah H. Thomas talks about the legacy of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, 1954
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Hannah H. Thomas describes continuing school segregation in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Hannah H. Thomas describes problems with the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Hannah H. Thomas comments on proficiency tests for students and teachers
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Hannah H. Thomas reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Hannah H. Thomas describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Hannah H. Thomas narrates her photographs