Past National PTA Presidents (1960-1969)
Elizabeth S. Hendryson, president, National Congress of Parents and Teachers, 1967 – 1969 (New Mexico)
A conference on Judicial Concern for Children in Trouble was held in Chicago in 1968. Also, in 1968 the “S” was included in PTA, offically changing it to PTSA.
Minnie Jewett Hitch (Mebane), president, National Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers, 1964 – 1967
Administration theme: “Aspiring for One World.” — In 1966, the two associations began formal talks about unification.
Jennelle V. Moorhead, president, National Congress of Parents and Teachers, 1964 – 1967 (Oregon)
In 1965 the membership soared to almost 12 million. In 1966, the organization registered the terms PTA and Parent-Teacher Association as service marks with the U.S. government. A bylaws revision was adopted in 1966 to increase the dues to ten cents
Thelma S. Morris, president, National Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers, 1961 – 1964
Administration theme: “Balanced PTA Programs: A Challenge.” The office was moved from Dover, Delaware to Atlanta, Georgia.
Margaret E. Jenkins, president, National Congress of Parents and Teachers, 1961 – 1964 (New York)
The official magazine name was changed to The PTA Magazine and in 1963 the first N.C.P.T. Magazine Week was held to promote the use of the official magazine. In 1961, the PTA commissioned a film – Where Children Come First – for general distribution as a means for disseminating the PTA story and values to the widest audience possible.
Karla Parker, president, National Congress of Parents and Teachers, 1958 – 1961 (Michigan)
In 1958, N.C.P.T. added its 52nd branch – the European Congress of American Parents, Teachers, and Students. Membership reached 11,926,552 in 1960.
Ethel W. Kight, president of the National Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers, 1957 – 1961
President of the Georgia Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers, 1946-1952, Kight joined NPTA president Karla Parker at the White House Conference on Children and Youth. This was the golden anniversary of the White House Conference, which had started during the Taft administration to help keep children’s concerns high on the national agenda.