The Florida Education Association honored Dr. Norma Solomon White with the Mary McCloud Bethune Human Relations in Education Award at their annual State Convention. To be eligible for this award, the nominee must have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the promotion of human and civil rights in furthering an understanding of and appreciation for the heritage of minorities and women; developing public awareness of age, race and sex inequities; bringing public attention to the issues facing the disadvantaged, or the handicapped or those individuals responding to the special needs of abused, neglected or missing children; or advancing inter-group understanding within the education community.
Dr. White, who was a teacher and administrator in the Duval County School District for thirty-seven years, was recognized for her trailblazing service as a band director, instrumental music coordinator, and assistant principal of curriculum and magnet program coordinator. She was instrumental in establishing the magnet program in mathematics, Science and technology at William M. Raines High School and the aviation magnet program at Jean Ribault Senior High School. It was her job to recruit and maintain the school district’s 70/30 ratios at each school. She and the director went to every middle school in the district convincing white students and parents to go to two schools in the heart of the African American community. “This was a real challenge,” she notes, however she performed the tasks successfully until her retirement.
Adding to her accolades, as the 25th Supreme Basileus of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Dr. White’s interview with the Historymakers is now in the Library of Congress.