Education: Harlem's First

Through the doors of Public School No. 24 in one of Harlem's dingiest districts one morning last week, went many a Negro bigwig bearing congratulations. The rest of Harlem, proud, sent its greetings. There were telegrams from U. S. educators, black and white. There was a letter from a Southern pickaninny which read: "I want to be a principal like you when I grow up."

That morning Mrs. Gertrude Elsie Johnson McDougald Ayer became the first Negro woman to head a New York public school, one of the few colored educators to have...

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