Oran Wendle Eagleson
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Eagleson was the eighth black person in the United States to receive a doctorate in psychology.
Oran Wendle Eagleson was born in Unionville, Indiana in 1910. In Bloomington, Indiana he completed his PhD at Indiana University in 1935. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in 1931 and a master’s in 1932, both in Indiana. Eagleson worked as a shoe shiner and shoe repair finisher from high school through graduate years.
It was hard for Eagleson to find employment with his psychology degree. He found a job in 1936 in Durham, North Carolina at the North Carolina College for Negroes, where he taught psychology, sociology, economics, and philosophy. After financial issue in Durham, he moved to Atlanta, Georgia to teach at Spelman, a women’s college. At Spelman, he was high paid, but psychology was not a major. It was an elective until a few years later. Eagleson also served as an exchange professor at Atlanta University where he taught graduate courses. He became the dean of instruction at Spelman in 1954 and in 1970 he was promoted as Callaway Professor of Psychology. He was co-director of Morehouse-Spelman Intensified Pre-College program. H was also a lecturer and consultant in orientation and training project conducted by the Peace Corps.
- Guthrie, Robert V. (2004), Even the rat was white a historical view of psychology (2 ed.), Allyn and Bacon, pp. 155–212, ISBN 978-0-205-39264-3
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