Martha Dawson spent her career and life brightening corners and breaking through barriers. She was a pioneering researcher in the fields of elementary and multicultural education and a distinguished university professor and administrator. She earned her B.S. from Virginia State College in 1943, her M.S. from Indiana University in 1954, and her Ed.D. from Indiana University in 1956 at a time when significant barriers existed for women, and especially African American women. Dr. Dawson went on to join the faculty of the Hampton Institute before returning to Indiana University in 1970 to research the field of multicultural education by establishing a training program for teachers to work with diverse ethnic and socioeconomic groups—theories and models that propelled her to the cutting edge of the multiculturalism movements in public education. Upon returning to Indiana and in recognition of her research stature, she became the first African American woman to receive tenure at Indiana University Bloomington.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Dianna Porter has been a freelance illustrator, designer, and fine artist for over 40 years. She enjoys the diversity of working in several mediums. She also teaches several classes in her studio and is on the faculty at the Indianapolis Art Center in Broad Ripple. She is a resident of Greenwood, Indiana. Her work has won numerous awards and has been exhibited in many group and solo shows. Currently, she is owner of PortalUnlimited in Bargersville, Indiana, an art gallery/studio as well as an online shop where she sells prints of her work and original art.
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