Episode 7. Economic Apartheid. The Adult Education Center was the inspiration of Father Timothy Gibbons. But, at every stage, Gibbons was guided by one of New Orleans’ most influential educators and civil rights leaders, Norman Francis, the future President of Xavier University. It was Dr. Francis who encouraged Father Gibbons to focus on a vocational school to train women as secretaries because he believed, if it was training Black women for any other profession, no matter how talented, those women were, they would simply be handed a mop and broom by an intransigent business community. Ms. Patricia Morris, in the Adult Education Center’s Class of 1966, overcame the psychological impact of America’s brand of economic apartheid, also known as Jim Crow, to advocate in favor of the Center in national newspapers, television segments and before a US Senate sub-committee.
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