From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Cross, Dorothy Mae

(born: 1943  -  died: 1996) 

Dorothy Cross, was the first African American hired by the Kentucky Education Association (KEA) in Frankfort, KY. The education associations in Kentucky were segregated until May 1956 when the Kentucky Negro Educational Association (KNEA) was subsumed by the Kentucky Education Association (KEA). The KNEA Conference and meetings had been held in Louisville. All of that ended in 1956 when the organization only was subsumed, which did not include the officers, or the members, or the structure, procedures, conferences, or literature. About a decade after KNEA was done away with (1956-1965), the first African American hired by KEA was Dorothy Cross, who at the time was a 22 year old senior at Kentucky State College [now Kentucky State University]. She was majoring in education, and Dorothy Cross was to serve as editorial assistant and associate editor of the KEA Journal. Cross, from Hopkinsville, KY, was a graduate of Attucks High School, and as a college student was a member of the student council, Alpha Kappa Mu Honorary Society, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. She was to start her new job the day after she graduated from Kentucky State College. In 1974, Dorothy Cross was still editor of the Kentucky School Journal (formerly the KEA Journal) [source: Gebbie House Magazine Directory, 1974]. Dorothy Mae Cross Winston died in 1996. She was born in Todd County, KY, and was the daughter of Mae Meriwether and John W. Cross [Source: Ancestry]. The family later lived in Hopkinsville, KY. Dorothy Mae Cross was the wife of LeRoy Winston and the couple lived in Louisville, KY. For more see "Kentucky Education Assn. hires first Negro," Jet, vol. 28, issue 6 (05/20/1965), p. 14; "Kentucky group hires 1st Negro," Washington Post Times Herald, 05/06/1965, p. A2.; and "Cross-Winston" in  the Courier-Journal, 05/16/1972, p.19.

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Cited in this Entry

NKAA Entry: Kentucky Negro Educational Association (KNEA)
NKAA Source: [KEA journal] Kentucky School Journal (periodical)
NKAA Source: Gebbie house magazine directory (periodical)
NKAA Source: Jet (periodical)
NKAA Source: The Washington post, times herald (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Courier-Journal [Louisville] (newspaper)

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