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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
High School Teacher
Historian

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Rural Retreat, Virginia
Favorite Quote:
I Can Do All Things Through Christ That Strengthens Me.

Birthplace

Born:
3/12/1936
Birth Location:
Dayton, Ohio

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
High School Teacher
Historian

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Rural Retreat, Virginia
Favorite Quote:
I Can Do All Things Through Christ That Strengthens Me.

Birthplace

Born:
3/12/1936
Birth Location:
Dayton
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Biography

Educator, African American history specialist, Margaret Peters was born March 12, 1936 in Dayton, Ohio. Her parents, Mary Margaret Smith Peters, and building contactor, Joseph Andrew Peters, were stalwarts of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Attending Irving School, Peters graduated from Dayton Roosevelt High School in 1954. At the University of Dayton, she earned a B.A. degree in 1959 and a B.S. degree in 1963. Peters also received her M.A. degree in 1972 and a supervisors certificate from the University of Dayton in 1974.

Peters began her teaching career at Roth High School in 1963. In 1968, as the black community continued agitated for African American history, Peters was appointed Black History Resource Teacher for the Dayton Public Schools. In 1969, she produced Striving to Overcome: Negro Achievers, which was published by Dayton Public Schools. Johnson Publishing released Peters’ Ebony Book of Black Achievement in 1970. She co-authored with her encyclopedic brother, Wendell Peters, the article “Blacks in Ohio History” in 1980. Her writing also includes numerous articles for the Dayton Weekly News, an African American newspaper, and since 1995, a column, “From The Root,” for the DaytonWeekly News culminating in a 1995 column called “From The Roots.” Also in 1995, the Donning Company published her treasury of African American history called Dayton’s African American Heritage, which has gone into an expanded edition. She was also co-editor of A History of Race Relations in the Miami Valley in 2001. Peters also served as instructor at Sinclair Community College and at Central State University West. Since retiring from Colonel White High School in 1993, she has served as coordinator of the free after-school tutorial program at Zion Baptist Church.

Peters was the recipient of the 1991 Excellence in Teaching Award for the Midwest Region from the National Conference of Negro Women; the National Education Association’s 1993 Dr. Carter G. Woodson Award; the 1993 Meritorious Award from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and was their 2005 Education Breakfast speaker. From 1993 to 1995, she was elected to the National Executive Council of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). Peters is the recipient of many local awards including Dayton Public Schools’ Teacher of the Year in 1982 and the 2003 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Dayton Chapter of the National Forum for Black Administrators. Cited as one of Dayton’s Top Ten Women, Peters is a board member of the Dayton African American Legacy Institute, Inc. (DAALI) and has earned a block on Dayton’s Wright-Dunbar Walk of Fame.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Margaret Peters lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Margaret Peters describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Margaret Peters describes her mother's experience at Roosevelt High School in Dayton, Ohio
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Margaret Peters describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Margaret Peters describes segregation in the Dayton Public Schools during the 1930s and 1940s
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Margaret Peters talks about her father's role in writing the architectural history of Zion Baptist Church in Dayton, Ohio
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Margaret Peters describes her family and her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Margaret Peters describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood in Dayton, Ohio
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Margaret Peters talks about the Classic Theater in Dayton, Ohio and Paul Robeson's legacy
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Margaret Peters narrates her photographs
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Margaret Peters talks about the black business district in Dayton, Ohio during the early 20th century
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Margaret Peters talks about the destruction of Dayton, Ohio's historically black communities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Margaret Peters describes the contributions of African Americans from Dayton, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Margaret Peters talks about her education at Irving Elementary School and learning black history at church
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Margaret Peters talks about Dunbar High School in Dayton, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Margaret Peters talks about Dayton, Ohio's Roosevelt High School in the 1950s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Margaret Peters talks about her extracurricular activities and her mentors at Roosevelt High School in Dayton, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Margaret Peters talks about her undergraduate experience at the University of Dayton in the 1950s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Margaret Peters describes becoming the Negro History Resource Teacher for the Dayton Public Schools in 1968
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Margaret Peters narrates her photographs
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Margaret Peters describes her interest in black history as a graduate student at the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Margaret Peters talks about reading 'Your History: From the Beginning of Time to the Present' by J.A. Rogers as a child
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Margaret Peters talks about the publication of the 'Ebony Book of Black Achievement' in 1970
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Margaret Peters describes the curriculum she developed as Negro History Resource Teacher for the Dayton Public Schools
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Margaret Peters describes resistance to black history education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Margaret Peters talks about the teaching of black history in schools and churches
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Margaret Peters talks about her involvement with the Association for the Study of African American Life and History
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Margaret Peters talks about the 1974 dissolution of the Negro History Resource office and lobbying for a more inclusive world history curriculum in Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Margaret Peters narrates her photos
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Margaret Peters talks about the relationship between Ancient African history and Christianity
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Margaret Peters details her involvement with the Wallpaper Project during the 1990s and the 2000s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Margaret Peters talks about the history of Dayton's West Side and the establishment of the Dayton African American Legacy Institute
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Margaret Peters recalls a story about the Dayton Marcos and the Great Dayton Flood of 1913
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Margaret Peters talks about notable Dayton individuals and families
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Margaret Peters talks about the future of black history education in Dayton, Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Margaret Peters describes efforts to commemorate prominent African Americans from Dayton, Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Margaret Peters describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Margaret Peters talks about teaching religion in public schools
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Margaret Peters narrates her photographs
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Margaret Peters talks about the role of the family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Margaret Peters talks about the first edition of 'Dayton's African American Heritage'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Margaret Peters talks about the second edition of 'Dayton's African American Heritage'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Margaret Peters talks about the Chicken Bone Express and the Freeman Field Mutiny
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Margaret Peters talks about her involvement in black history organizations in Dayton, Ohio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Margaret Peters considers what she would have done differently in life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Margaret Peters reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Margaret Peters talks about her family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Margaret Peters describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Margaret Peters narrates her photographs