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Dr. Arenia Conelia Mallory, L.L.D.
(PRESIDENT OF SAINTS INDUSTRIAL SCHOOL / SAINTS JR. COLLEGE / SAINTS ACADEMY & JR. COLLEGE-1926-1976)
(b. December 28, 1904 - d. May 8, 1977)
“Dr. Mallory was the first black woman to head a major institution in the deep South; to be elected to the Holmes County Board of Education; to receive the Governor’s outstanding Mississippi award; to have a day proclaimed in the entire state of Mississippi in her honor; to have the board of supervisors of Holmes County name a road in her honor; and to have many more honors that are reflected in Chapter 10.” (Exerpt from book; “Down Under The Sun”: The Story of Arenia Conelia Mallory”) (Actually it is Chapter 12).
Dr. Mallory provided education through Saints Jr. College Elementary, High School and College for many students, through the Church of God In Christ school, throughout the United States (dormitory students), and the Holmes County, Mississippi Community (community students) for fifty years from 1926 to 1976.
She also provided employment, basic needs, religious advice and encouragement throughout Holmes County and beyond. She worked diligently within the community and with community leaders to improve the lives of many impoverished and uneducated people. Those who could not afford an education were never turned away, and Dr. Mallory made sure their basic needs were supplied in order for them to pursue an education without the worries and stresses of providing for their families.
Dr. Mallory’s goal was to provide an education, instill pride, confidence, and self-sufficiency in every individual and family within Holmes County and beyond. She also provided spiritual guidance in order to instill faith and belief in God within everyone with whom she came into contact. Her life was and is a living testimony of her strong faith in God and her Christ-like dealings with others. No person who was hungry, without clothing, shelter and, or lacking an education was turned away or denied help if they came to her or she heard of their plight. She ALWAYS found a way or ways to make room for them, or assigned someone to them, or their families to assure their needs were taken care of until they could do so for themselves.
“Honors and Accomplishments”:
1940: Twice selected by the National Council of Negro Women as one of the Outstanding Women of America.
1948: Selected by the National Council of Negro Women as one of the 12 most outstanding women in America.
1956: Citing her contribution as an education and leader of women, the Utility Club of New York designated her as Woman of the Year, sharing honors with Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., the Utility Club’s Man of the year. She received this award in the presence of 1,500 guests assembled at ceremonies in New York’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.
In the 50s: -Became Chairman of National Education Association of Mississippi Teacher’s Human Relations Council and held that position until 1972.
1960: -One of the first Americans to visit Ghana after it attained Commonwealth status.
1961: -Invited to return to Ghana to attend the Conference for African women and women of African Descent.
1963: -Received the Sojourner Truth 1963 Award for Meritorious Service in the Development and Advancement of the Status of women from the Nation Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs.
1965: -Received National Council of Negro Women’s 1965 Tribute Award and the Scroll of Honor for being a symbol of the accomplishment of Negro women in advancing education in the rural areas.
1966: -Honored among the top 12 women in Government by the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
1967: -In January, her biography appeared in the ROYAL BLUE BOOK, Leaders of the English Speaking World, London, England.
1968: -Her biography appeared in THE PERSONALITIES OF THE SOUTH.
-Honored in April by the Chicago Alumni of Saints Junior College at the Dunbar Vocational High School Auditorium.
-Cited by the Church Civic League of Cleveland, Ohio, as being among women of achievement at the Manager Hotel.
-In November, she was the first person of color and the first woman to be elected to the Holmes County Board of education in
1969: -She was cited by the NAACP, and the Church of God in Christ International for outstanding work.
1970: -Received the Merit ward from Mississippi Teacher’s Association.
1971: -She became a member of the Southern Conference of Human Relations.
1972: -Her biography appeared in WHO’S WHO OF AMERICAN WOMEN, published by Marquis Who’s Who, Inc., Chicago, Illinois; THE WORLD WHO’S WHO OF WOMEN, published by Melrose Press Ltd. International Biographical Center, Cambridge, England.
1973: -Her biography again appeared in the WORLD WHO’S WHO OF WOMEN, published in Cambridge and London, England.
-On September 30, she was award a certificate acknowledging her as the most important and valuable Human Resource of the United
States of America living during the closing decade of the first American Bicentennial and, as such, was selected for inclusion in the
Library of Human Resources of the American Bicentennial research Institute.
- On October 30 she was awarded the degree of Doctor of Humanities by Southwestern University, Greenville, South Carolina.
- In November, during their convocation, she received a citation for her outstanding achievements from the Church of God in Christ
1974: - The Holmes County Board of Supervisors changed the name of Castalian Road in Lexington, Mississippi, to Arenia C. Mallory Road."
- She was re-elected for a six-year term to Holmes County Board of Education.
PARTICIPATIONS AND AFFILIATIONS
Miscellaneous: - Projecting her career from the Mississippi Delta to the national and international scene, Dr. Mallory became affiliated with many professional, religious, and civic organizations. These included the Academy of Political Science: American Teacher's Association; National Education Association; Administration of Rural Education; Southern Conference on Human Relations; The Women's Organization of Higher Education; and the National Society for the Prevention of Juvenile Delinquency (served as Vice-President) .
- Her travels throughout the world began with her election in 1952 as the only woman delegate. of the Church of God in Christ to the World Pentecostal Convention in London, England.
- A charter and life member of the National Council of Negro Women, Dr. Mallory was Regional Director for eight years, during which period she organized the Southern Regional meetings for the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas. She was first Vice-President on NCNW for four years. In 1954 she was the delegate of the Council at the Convention of Women in Helsinki, Finland, and immediately following this occasion, she was the guest of the Swedish Council of Women.
During many years of service to the National Council of Women of the United States (with which the National Council of Negro Women is affiliated and which, in turn, is affiliated with the International Council of Women), Dr. Mallory has on several occasions represented this organization at the international level. She became a Vice-President of the NCW of U.S. in 1956. As its delegate and member of its Educational Commission of the International Council of Women in Montreal, Canada, in 1956 and 1959, she was among the Women Leaders of the Free World who participated in the policymaking program of the International Council of Women at its Executive Board meeting in Vienna, Austria.
International Council of Negro Women:
-In 1955 she was a delegate to the Tenth Celebration of the United Nations in San Francisco, where she spoke on the program of the Merchandise Mart - an occasion significantly marked by the presence of many foreign delegates.
-In the International Council of Women she held one of the highest offices, Vice-Convener of the Educational Commission. She was nominated to this office, by the Canadian Council in 1960 during the triennial meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, where she attended as a delegate of the National Council of Women of the United States.
-In 1962 she attended the Executive Board meeting of the International Council of Women in Rome, Italy.
-In 1963 she was re-elected as Vice-Chairman of the Education Committee of ICW in Washington, D.C.
- Her participation in many state, national, and international conferences included the White House Conference on Children and Youth and the White House Conference on the Aging.
- She was the subject of a biographical sketch in "Eve," a Scandinavian periodical. - WHO'S WHO OF AMERICAN WOMEN - a biographical dictionary of notable living American women, published by A. N. Marquis Company of Chicago, Illinois. - WHO'S WHO IN AMERICAN EDUCATION; WHO'S WHO IN THE SOUTHWEST; THE INTERNATIONAL DICTIONARY OF NOTABLE PRESIDENTS, all published in London, England.
(ALL ACCOMPLISHMENTS EXCERPTED FROM:)
“Down Under The Sun”: The Story of Arenia Conelia Mallory)