Remembering Dr. Myrtle Glascoe

Dr. Myrtle Glascoe

The SNCC Legacy Project been informed that Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) veteran, Dr. Myrtle Glascoe, passed away Tuesday, March 5, 2019. Dr. Glascoe had been in declining health for some time, but remained strong in spirit and mind. As a member of the SNCC staff, she worked in West Point, Mississippi, and on the 1965 Arkansas Freedom Summer Project in West Helena, Arkansas.

Myrtle Glascoe was born in Washington, DC and graduated from Dunbar High School and received a bachelor’s degree from Howard University. After leaving the South, she attended Harvard University and received a doctorate degree in education.

Myrtle became one of the early voices and pioneers in the Post-Civil Rights Black Museum Movement. She served as the first director of the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture of the College of Charleston, then spent a few years as a faculty member at Gettysburg College before retiring back in the Charleston area.

Myrtle Glascoe was an important leader in the areas of Black history and culture.

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  1. Marion Gill on April 9, 2019 at 11:21 am

    My heart goes out to Dr. Glascoe’s family and may her memory be a blessing. Dr. Glascoe was my mother’s childhood friend from the age of 5. They attended Dunbar High and Howard U together. During my 30-year tenure at the Smithsonian Institution (SI), she had a connection with almost every African American leader @ the SI… Spencer Crew, Rex Ellis, Lonnie Bunch, Elaine Nichols…as you can imagine, the list is long. Dr. Glascoe was a leader, exceptional scholar, and a fierce advocate for the African American community. She will be missed. ~Marion Gill

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