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Nannie Helen Burroughs Project

Lost to History: One African-American Woman's Views on How to Make Our Country a Better Place.

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Project Goal: To open a dialogue across America, especially in our black community, about the relevancy of her views to our lives today.

About the Founder and Project

About James E. Wyatt

Colonel Wyatt graduated at 15 from Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk, Virginia in 1949. He attended Florida A and M College (FAMC), where he was a chemistry major, on a band scholarship, wanting to play professional baseball. At FAMC, he was president of his senior class, student government, "Marching 100" band and ROTC Commandant of FAMC's second four-year program. Jim has a MS Degree from Purdue University and is a graduate of virtually all of the Department of Defense senior officer educational institutions, including the Army Logistics Management School, the Defense Systems Management College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. In his last military assignment, 1975-79, Colonel Wyatt was program manager for a multi-billion dollar communications system. He was the only black program manager from among sixty such positions in the U.S. Army. Subsequent to retirement, he worked in the international communications business until 2006 and then played golf four times a week...until discovering Nannie Helen Burroughs.

Meaningful Work

Recognizing and appreciating his service to the country, Colonel Wyatt acknowledges that his mother would now be extremely proud of his Meaningful Work about Nannie Helen Burroughs. Daisy Wyatt, like Burroughs, always emphasized the importance of good behavior, strong character and humility.

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She spoke of the happiest day in her life being the one when teachers from Booker T. said to her: "Mrs. Wyatt, we are happy and honored to meet you. You had four boys come through Booker T., and we never had a single problem with any one of them." Jim knows that his mother conducted her life, and taught her boys, much as Dr. William Holmes Borders wrote in his poem: "I am somebody---I am a moulder of character in Nannie Burroughs."

Project History

Contact us in Annapolis, Maryland, to learn about a powerful woman in African-American history.