VFA PIONEER HISTORIES PROJECT: DR. ARNITA YOUNG BOSWELLadmin2021-09-17T09:34:33+00:00
THE VFA PIONEER HISTORIES PROJECT
Dr. Arnita Young Boswell
1920 – 2002
Dr. Boswell directed the women’s division of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s massive civil rights demonstration in Chicago in 1966.
Activist and educator dedicated to teaching and social services. A professor of social work at the University of Chicago from 1961 to 1980. First national director for Project Head Start. Appointed by President Nixon to the U.S Commission on Population Growth and the American Future, 1969. Member of the White House Conference on Children. Co-founded the National Hook-Up of Black Women (NHBW) during the fourth Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Weekend in 1974. Director of Social Services for families with children with special needs at the University of Illinois Chicago. Director of the Family Resources Center at the Robert Taylor Homes and the first National Director for Project Head Start and for the social workers of the Chicago Public Schools. Founder of the League of Black Women and the Women’s Board of the Chicago Urban League.
Photo. Arnita Boswell of the League of Black Women, receives an award from Chicago YWCA, 1973.
University of Chicago Photographic Archive, [apf1-09329], Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library.