IN REMEMBRANCE: 7-5-2015

BEAUTIFUL, ALSO, ARE THE SOULS OF MY BLACK SISTERS

MARVA COLLINS, EDUCATOR WHO AIMED HIGH FOR POOR, BLACK STUDENTS

Marva Collins in 1983. In 1980, President-elect Ronald Reagan was said to be considering her for secretary of education.Credit Jim Wilson/The New York Times

Her death was confirmed by Hospice Care of the Lowcountry in Bluffton, S.C.

After working as a substitute teacher for 14 years in Chicago public schools, Ms. Collins cashed in her $5,000 in pension savings and opened Westside Preparatory School in 1975. The school originally operated in the basement of a local college and then, to be free of red…

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