Ruth Crawford


Ruth Crawford may be 102, but she still remembers when she came to Bloomington in the 1952, Indiana University was one of the few schools that would accept her because she was African-American. She had been an elementary school teacher before coming to the School of Education for her M.S. While here at IU, she hoped to get more knowledge on how to teach children having difficulty learning in her classroom. IU provided the training she needed, and Crawford still remembers how at a time when there were no other African-American children in the school she enrolled her son at, his teacher treated him no differently. She later started a community center that catered to the disabled and elderly and provided education for children. Crawford operated the center for 31 years without pay.