Huntington, WV Black History

Kathryn Wright

Professor/Marshall University

Kathryn W. Wright had a lifelong career of leveraging education as a means of advancing women and people of color.

Wright grew up in Gulfport, Mississippi. She and her husband came to Huntington in 1954 and, for a while, she worked as his assistant in his dentist office.

Wright enrolled at Marshall University and earned a bachelor’s degree in education and taught at Barnett Elementary School for three years before returning to Marshall to earn a master’s degree. She earned her Ph.D. from Ohio State University.

She became a professor of early childhood education at Marshall University, teaching from 1967 to 2002. She was a trailblazer, serving as the second-longest tenured faculty member of color at Marshall with more than 35 years of service. She also was an adjunct professor at Ohio University’s Southern campus from 1970 to 2018. She was 86 years old when she retired.

She served as a role model to many women and people of color.  She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, Phi Delta Kappa, the Association of Childhood Education International, the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development and the West Virginia Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. She was a member of Ebenezer United Methodist Church.

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