I founded The Nannie Helen Burroughs Project in 2010 with the objective of bringing her views and vision for America back into our lives. In spite of her contributions to the country in the areas of religion, civil rights and education, she has been all but forgotten. The Prince George's County (MD) Chapter of the National Council of Negro Women President said of Burroughs during a 2013 presentation: "Colonel, we've heard about her, but we don't know about her." I have now dedicated myself to telling people about her.In spite of my multiple academic degrees and extensive professional experience, it wasn't until 2008 while on my way to Washington's historic Langston Golf Course that I first heard of her. Who was Nannie Helen Burroughs to have a main thoroughfare in Northeast Washington, DC named in her honor? My curiosity led me first to the school she founded in 1909 on "Holy Hill" and then to the Library of Congress which has more than 110,000 documents, in addition to other items from her personal estate at the school.I became so intrigued with Burroughs and her legacy that I took a hiatus from golf - my passion for the prior fifty-six years - and spent two-years studying her life. In addition to the Library of Congress archive there are many other resources on Burroughs. I am appreciative of, and grateful to, the historians and others who have written about this remarkable woman. I am simply a consumer of their labors, telling her story to our citizens (old and young, black and white)). While Nannie Helen Burroughs is a part of our past, I am convinced that to "...know about her" represents a viable roadmap for our black leaders to follow as they attack our country's current racial problems.
James E. Wyatt (Colonel, U.S. Army, Retired)
Founder, The Nannie Helen Burroughs Project