Adele McQueen
National Visionary

Born February 28, 1913 in Tilot Toint, Texas


Adele McQueen was a pioneer in the now-fundamental “parent education” programs to teach adolescent parents how to communicate with and parent their children. With more than 50 years of teaching early-childhood education and parenting courses, both at Tuskegee and Howard Universities, her passion for education as a cornerstone for achievement is contagious.

McQueen was born on February 28, 1913 near Dallas, Texas. Earning a B.S. in education in 1938 from Tuskegee University, McQueen was the student nutritionist assigned to monitor the diet of Dr. George Washington Carver. She received her master’s degree in family and child studies nine years later from Kansas State University and a doctorate in education in 1979 from Catholic University. From 1941 to 1961, she served as director of the Tuskegee Nursery School and taught child development courses at Tuskegee University.

In 1963, she and her husband, Finley, left for West Africa where for the next seven years they led a Tuskegee team to plan, establish, and operate a teacher training institute in Liberia, under contract with the U.S. Agency for International Development. Upon their return, McQueen accepted a position as associate professor in the Howard University School of Human Ecology, and served as director of the Howard University Pre-school. While there, she was a mentor and friend to countless aspiring educators, and was widely regarded as one of the most talented, committed faculty members at Howard University. When the Howard Department of Human Development agreed to take on the monumental task of training all of the day care providers in the District of Columbia, McQueen assumed responsibility for the site training programs.

At her retirement in 1994, Howard University named the preschool for her. Over the course of her long career, McQueen has authored many publications in the field of education. She is the recipient of the Howard University Distinguished Research Award and the Black History Award from the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History.

McQueen has also been honored for her advocacy work with people with mental disabilities. In 1999, she received the Horizon Highlight Award from The Enterprise Foundation for the many hours of service she devoted as co-founder of Housing Unlimited, Inc. (HUI), a nonprofit organization that provides furnished, affordable homes for adults with psychiatric disabilities.

McQueen is the mother of three children.



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