Lucy Miller Mitchell was born in Daytona Beach, Florida in 1899. She graduated from the Historically Black College and University (HBCU), Talladega College, in 1922, and became a teacher at the Daytona School. The same year, she witnessed a confrontation between Mary McLeod Bethune, the school’s founder, and a local hate group. Not too long after, she married an Attorney named Joseph S. Mitchell, and they moved to Roxbury. She took courses at the Nursery Training School and earned a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Boston University in 1935.
Starting in 1932, Lucy directed the Nursery School at the Robert Gould Shaw House, where she served for 21 years. She also was the co-founder of Associated Day Care Services of Metropolitan Boston, ultimately serving as the executive director. She supported the creation of a law that was passed by the governor in 1962 to instate a state daycare licensing law after nine years of research and activism. She then worked for the Massachusetts Department of Education to develop affordable training courses for day care workers.
Major Achievements, Honors, and Awards:
Training Peace Corps volunteers to work with children
Consulted for the national Head Start Program and helped implement the program in Boston
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