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Rosalyn Terborg-Penn

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
History Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
Favorite Quote:
What goes around, comes around.

Birthplace

Born:
10/22/1941
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
History Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
Favorite Quote:
What goes around, comes around.

Birthplace

Born:
10/22/1941
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Author and educator Rosalyn Marian Terborg-Penn was born on October 22, 1941, in Brooklyn, New York. Her father was a jazz musician who played with Tiny Bradshaw, and her mother was a clerical worker. She attended New York City’s P.S. # 70 until her family moved to Queens in 1951, and she transferred to P.S. # 123. She attended Shimer Junior High School and received her high school diploma from John Adams High School in 1959.

Terborg-Penn graduated from Queens College in Flushing, New York, in 1963 with a B.A. degree in history. She became involved in the Civil Rights Movement in 1960 and was a charter member of the college NAACP chapter. She and fellow students organized bus trips to Prince Edward County, Virginia, to help tutor black students who were not attending school in the county because officials had closed public schools in opposition to integration. In 1962, Terborg-Penn led a boycott at Queens College protesting the school’s decision to prevent Malcolm X from speaking at the school. In 1967, she earned her M.A. degree in U.S. history and diplomatic history from George Washington University where she also joined “D.C. Students for Civil Rights” and lobbied for the civil rights bill in 1964. Terberg-Penn earned her Ph.D. from Howard University in 1978 in U.S. history with a concentration in Afro-American history before 1865.

Terborg-Penn began her teaching career at Morgan State University in 1969 where she continues to teach today. She was hired as a history professor and in 1977, became the Coordinator of the African/Afro-American Studies Program, a post she held until 1995. From 1978 through 1989, Terborg-Penn served as the Morgan State University Oral History Project Director. From 1989 through 1992, she was the Project Director of the Ph.D. history program and has served as the Campus Coordinator of the Cornell-Morgan Distance Learning Project since 1996. From 1970 through 1974, Terborg-Penn was an adjunct faculty member at Howard Community College. From 1977 through 1978, she served on the faculty at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County where she taught American Studies and History.

Terborg-Penn is the author of numerous publications on the struggles and triumphs of African American women throughout history. She has also received scores of awards and honors for her accomplishments.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Rosalyn Terborg-Penn's favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Rosalyn Terborg-Penn talks about her mother's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Rosalyn Terborg-Penn talks about her father's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Rosalyn Terborg-Penn remembers her ancestors and grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Rosalyn Terborg-Penn reflects on growing up in Brooklyn
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Rosalyn Terborg-Penn discusses spending holidays with family members
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Rosalyn Terborg-Penn recalls her childhood in New York City
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Rosalyn Terborg-Penn discusses her childhood involvement with the church
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Rosalyn Terborg-Penn speaks about elementary school
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Photo - Rosalyn Terborg-Penn's grandfather, great-grandfather and two great-aunts, Indianapolis, Indiana, ca. 1920s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Rosalyn Terborg-Penn talks about junior high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Rosalyn Terborg-Penn reflects on high school experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Rosalyn Terborg-Penn discusses her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement during college
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Rosalyn Terborg-Penn explains her decision to major in history
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Rosalyn Terborg-Penn reflects on experiences in Washington, D.C. during graduate school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Rosalyn Terborg-Penn remembers her first job after graduate school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Rosalyn Terborg-Penn talks about changing careers and teaching at Morgan State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Rosalyn Terborg-Penn discusses her studies of discrimination of African American women
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Rosalyn Terborg-Penn talks about the past, future, and significance of women's studies
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Rosalyn Terborg-Penn tells of her favorite publications
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Rosalyn Terborg-Penn expresses her thoughts on the importance of mentors
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Rosalyn Terborg-Penn considers her future goals
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Rosalyn Terborg-Penn shares her hopes for the African American community
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Rosalyn Terborg-Penn considers her legacy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Photo - Rosalyn Terborg-Penn at her wedding with bridesmaids, 1965
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Photo - Rosalyn Terborg-Penn with second husband and daugher, 1972
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Photo - Rosalyn Terborg-Penn with her parents and daughter, 1996
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Photo - Rosalyn Terborg-Penn and partner C. Michael Terry, ca. 1979-1980
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Photo - Rosalyn Terborg-Penn's daughter, Jeanna with Oprah Winfrey and friend, ca. 1980s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 13 - Photo - Rosalyn Terborg-Penn with Darlene Clark Hine and Jacqueline Rouse, 2001
  • Tape: 3 Story: 14 - Photo - Rosalyn Terborg-Penn with her brother Jacques Arnold Terborg, Jr., ca. late 1940s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 15 - Photo - Rosalyn Terborg-Penn with her daughter, St. Albans, New York, ca. 1975
  • Tape: 3 Story: 16 - Photo - Rosalyn Terborg-Penn and her mother, Brooklyn, New York, ca. 1940s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 17 - Photo - Rosalyn Terborg-Penn's father and his parents, ca. 1955-1959
  • Tape: 3 Story: 18 - Photo - Rosalyn Terborg-Penn's grandparents, Indianapolis, Indiana, early 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 19 - Photo - Rosalyn Terborg-Penn's graduation photo from Queens College, New York, New York, 1963
  • Tape: 3 Story: 20 - Photo - Rosalyn Terborg-Penn, ca. 1943-1944
  • Tape: 3 Story: 21 - Photo - Rosalyn Terborg-Penn with U.S. First Lady 'Lady Bird' Johnson and unidentified children, ca. 1964-1965
  • Tape: 3 Story: 22 - Photo - Rosalyn Terborg-Penn with actor Ossie Davis and C. Michael Terry, Baltimore, Maryland, ca. 1992
  • Tape: 3 Story: 23 - Photo - Rosalyn Terborg-Penn with other Phi Delta Kappa members, Ozone Park, Queens, New York, ca. 1957-1958
  • Tape: 3 Story: 24 - Photo - Rosalyn Terborg-Penn's father, guitarist for Tiny Bradshaw's band, ca. late 1930s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 25 - Photo - Rosalyn Terborg-Penn's cousins, Indianapolis, Indiana, mid 1950s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 26 - Photo - Rosalyn Terborg-Penn in the second grade at PS 70 with her classmates, Brooklyn, New York, ca. 1948-1949
  • Tape: 3 Story: 27 - Photo - Rosalyn Terborg-Penn's parents' wedding portrait, 1940
  • Tape: 3 Story: 28 - Photo - Rosalyn Terborg-Penn's grandmother's wedding portrait, ca. 1907-1908
  • Tape: 3 Story: 29 - Photo - Rosalyn Terborg-Penn's daughter, Jeanna Carolyn Penn, Baltimore, Maryland, 1994
  • Tape: 3 Story: 30 - Photo - Rosalyn Terborg-Penn's grandmother as an infant with her mother and siblings, Suriname, South America, 1890s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 31 - Photo - Rosalyn Terborg-Penn's mother, grandparents and other unidentified family members