Face to Face: Embracing Difference: A Conversation with Johnnetta Cole

Johnnetta Cole is president of Bennett College for Women, a historically black college in Greensboro, North Carolina. She has a long and distinguished career as an educator and humanitarian. Her work as a college professor and president and her published works, speeches, and community service have consistently addressed issues of racial, gender, and other forms of discrimination.

In 1987, she was appointed the first African American woman president of Spelman College, a historically black college for women in Atlanta. Since being coaxed out of retirement to assume the presidency at Bennett in 2002, Cole, now sixty-eight, has been credited with overcoming a multimillion-dollar ...

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