Past National PTA Presidents (1950-1959)
Ethel G. Brown, president, National Congress of Parents and Teachers, 1955 – 1958 (California)
1955 the membership reached 9,409,282 and the 10 million goal was reached in 1956. 1957 N.C.P.T. convention was held in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1957, the N.C.P.T. celebrated its 60th anniversary and a special commemorative album of historical data on the association and its international mission for children was presented to the United States Library of Congress.
Mayme Williams, president, National Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers, 1953 – 1957
Under her term in 1954, Supreme Court under Chief Justice Earl Warren issued the Brown v. Board of Education decision that declared school segregation unconstitutional. President Eisenhower appointed Williams to a special committee to plan a White House Conference on Education.
Lucille P. Leonard, president, National Congress of Parents and Teachers, 1952 – 1955 (Rhode Island)
In 1952 the board of managers agreed to explore using the identifier PTSA (Parent- Teacher- Student Association) as a way to increase student participation at the high school level. In 1953 the National Congress staff based in Chicago moved into their new office building at 700 North Rush Street where members and friends gathered for the laying of the cornerstone.
Mrs. J. S. (Beatrice) Morgan, president National Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers, 1949 – 1953
President, Georgia Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers, 1941-1946. Administration emphasis: “For Every Child an Equal Chance.” Their office was established at Dover, Delaware.
Anna P. Hayes, president, National Congress of Parents and Teachers, 1949 – 1952
During this term one of Alice Birney’s original dreams become a reality: the establishment of the U. S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, a cabinet department devoted to the concerns of children. Hayes participated in the National Conference of Citizens Committee for the (first) Hoover Report on reorganizing the U. S. government.