Bernadine Newsom Denning

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Bernadine Newsom Denning (1930 – January 11, 2011) was an educator and civil rights activist.

She was born in Detroit. At the age of 16, she taught swimming at the Lucy Thurman branch of the Detroit YWCA. In 1951, she began work as a physical education teacher in Detroit public schools; she retired as assistant superintendent for community relations. She was also assistant professor of education at the University of Michigan. She served on the board of trustees for Central Michigan University.[1][2]

Denning was director of the Title IV office for Detroit public schools and director of the human rights office for the city of Detroit. She was named director of the Office of Revenue Sharing for the United States Department of the Treasury by president Jimmy Carter. From 1975 to 1977, she was a member of the Michigan Women's Commission, also serving as vice-chair from 1976 to 1978 and as chair from 1981 to 1987. She was national vice-president and chairperson for the YWCA Convention, national vice president for the National Council of Negro Women and national project chairperson of Delta Sigma Theta.[2]

In 1989, she was named to the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame.[1] She also received the National Lifetime Achievement Award from the American YWCA.[3]

Denning married baseball player Blaine Denning around 1957. The couple moved to Florida around 2001.[3]

She died at the age of 80 after suffering a heart attack at home in Port St. Lucie, Florida.[3]


  1. ^ a b Love, Barbara J (2006). Feminists Who Changed America, 1963-1975. p. 116. ISBN 0252097475.
  2. ^ a b "Bernadine Newsom Denning" (PDF). Michigan Women's Hall of Fame.
  3. ^ a b c "Delta Soror Bernadine Newsome-Denning, dies at 80". Detroit Free Press. January 20, 2011.