Jimmie Tyler Brashear, 1991
Jimmie Tyler Brashear (1903 - 1999) was raised in a family of teachers and decided to carry on that tradition. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s degree from the University of California, as well as took on further post graduate studies at the University of Chicago, Ohio State University, and North Texas State College (now University of North Texas), and University of Texas. Brashear moved to Texas in 1929, and began teaching education majors at Prairie View A&M College, before taking a position with the Dallas Independent School District. At Dallas ISD, Brashear became the first Black administrator, outside of principal, and supervised Black teachers of grades 1-5. She continued to teach future educators at Prairie View A&M University, as well as at the Tuskegee Institute, Texas Southern University, and Bishop College while working for Dallas ISD, and becoming pioneering name in the Black education community and wider education field. Brashear retired from Dallas ISD in 1967. Brashear has been honored for her contributions to education in Dallas in various ways, including having the Jimmie Tyler Brashear Early Childhood Center opened in her name in 1967, as well as being inducted into the African American Education Archives & History Program Hall of Fame in 2005.