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Morton, Lena B.

(born: 1901  -  died: 1981) 

Lena Beatrice Morton, an educator and a scholar, was born in Flat Creek, KY, the daughter of Susie and William Morton. The family temporarily settled in Winchester, KY, where Morton's maternal grandfather, Reverend H. A. Stewart, was pastor of the CME Church. They later moved to Cincinnati, OH, where Lena Morton graduated from high school and was a two time graduate of the University of Cincinnati (UC). While at UC, she was a founding member of the school's first African American Greek organization, Zeta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Lena  B. Morton earned her Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University in 1947. She taught English at the high school level and the university level, where she also held leadership positions such as head of the division of humanities at Texas College. Morton authored a number of works, including several books: Negro Poetry in America, Farewell to the Public Schools, Man Under Stress, Patterns of Language Usage (a study), My First Sixty Years, and The Influence of the Sea Upon English Poetry. For more see A History of Blacks in Kentucky, by M. B. Lucas and G. C. Wright; and "Lena Beatrice Morton" in vol. 6 of African American National Biography, edited by H. L. Gates, Jr. and E. B. Higginbotham.

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Cited in this Entry

NKAA Entry: Wright, George C.
NKAA Source: Negro poetry in America
NKAA Source: Farewell to the public schools--I'm glad we met; a handbook for teachers
NKAA Source: Man under stress
NKAA Source: Patterns of language usage: a study of Tyler's Negro elementary schools
NKAA Source: My first sixty years: passion for wisdom
NKAA Source: The influence of the sea upon English poetry from the Anglo-Saxon to the Victorian period
NKAA Source: A history of Blacks in Kentucky
NKAA Source: The African American national biography

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