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Kathleen Crosby

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Elementary School Teacher
School Superintendent

Favorites

Favorite Color:
All Colors
Favorite Food:
Pole Beans, White Potatoes
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas, Thanksgiving
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
3/9/1925
Birth Location:
Winnsboro, South Carolina

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Elementary School Teacher
School Superintendent

Favorites

Favorite Color:
All Colors
Favorite Food:
Pole Beans, White Potatoes
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas, Thanksgiving
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
3/9/1925
Birth Location:
Winnsboro
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Biography

Educator Kathleen "Kat" Crosby was born on March 9, 1925, in Winnsboro, South Carolina, to Beatrice Tucker and W.A. Ross. She graduated from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina, with a B.A. in 1946 and later earned her M.A. from Bank Street College in New York City in 1970.

Crosby began teaching in 1946 in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System. Aside from twenty years of experience as a classroom teacher, she served as an in-service specialist for early childhood education from 1967 to 1970. Crosby worked at length with Head Start programs and has offered her services as an education consultant at the university level. From 1970 to 1976, Crosby was principal of Billingsville Elementary School. There, she was hailed for her successful leadership in dealing with school desegregation and busing issues. A 1976 CBS television documentary highlighted her outstanding leadership of Billingsville Elementary School. In 1976, Crosby became an area assistant superintendent to the district, which comprised twenty-five schools. She retired as superintendent in 1986 after a successful forty-year career.

In 1970, Crosby was appointed to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Charter Commission. An outspoken voice on desegregation, Crosby was named WBT Radio's Woman of the Year 1976. In 1977, she was appointed to the University of North Carolina Board of Governors. Crosby has served as vice president of the United Community Service Board and on the Community Relations Committee, the University of North Carolina's Board of Trustees, the Drug Education Board, WBT Radio's Black Advisory Board and the Board of Trustees for Johnson C. Smith University. In 1974, she was awarded the B'nai B'rith Women's Human Relations Award, and in 1975 she was inducted into the NAACP's Hall of Fame.

Her husband of fifty-one years, Joseph Crosby, died in June 2001. They have two children, Joseph Crosby, Jr. and Kathy Wells.

Kathleen Crosby passed away on November 13, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Kathleen Crosby's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Kathleen Crosby lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Kathleen Crosby talks about her parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Kathleen Crosby describes her family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Kathleen Crosby describes her family life as a young girl
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Kathleen Crosby attempts to trace her family's origins
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Kathleen Crosby describes her parents, who were both teachers
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Kathleen Crosby talks about her favorite childhood activities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Kathleen Crosby describes her childhood neighborhood in Winnsboro, South Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Kathleen Crosby talks about her family's love of poetry and Paul Laurence Dunbar, her favorite poet
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Kathleen Crosby talks about the decline of poetry in today's schools
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Kathleen Crosby talks about her performance in grade school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Kathleen Crosby remembers Ms. Cutsy, a role model
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Kathleen Crosby remembers a mean teacher
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Kathleen Crosby talks about her church's music traditions
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Kathleen Crosby talks about Fairfield County Training School in Winnsboro, South Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Kathleen Crosby talks about her brothers W.A. and Paul Ross
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Kathleen Crosby performs "Sadie at the Movie"
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Kathleen Crosby talks about her high school experience and her parents' value for education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Kathleen Crosby describes race relations in Winnsboro, South Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Kathleen Crosby talks about her college years at Voorhees Junior College and Johnson C. Smith University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Kathleen Crosby talks about her courtship with her husband, Joseph C. Crosby, Sr.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Kathleen Crosby talks about an ex-boyfriend who committed suicide
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Kathleen Crosby talks about the beginning of her teaching career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Kathleen Crosby talks about Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Kathleen Crosby talks about the integration of Billingsville Elementary School in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Kathleen Crosby describes her becoming the principal of Billingsville Elementary School in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Kathleen Crosby describes an incident as area superintendent in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System, pt.1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Kathleen Crosby describes an incident as area superintendent in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System, pt.2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Kathleen Crosby remembers being interviewed by CBS' Charles Collingwood for a "60 Minutes" segment on integration in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Kathleen Crosby talks about Ku Klux Klan activities in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Kathleen Crosby describes being targeted by the Ku Klux Klan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Kathleen Crosby talks about being area superintendent for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Kathleen Crosby describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Kathleen Crosby reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Kathleen Crosby identifies problems in the school system
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Kathleen Crosby reflects on her parents' pride in and support of her
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Kathleen Crosby talks about how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Kathleen Crosby narrates her photographs, pt.1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Kathleen Crosby narrates her photographs, pt.2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Kathleen Crosby narrates her photographs, pt.3