Marva Collins

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Birthday
31, 1936
Birthplace
Monroeville, AL
Death Date
Jun 24, 2015 (78)
Birth Sign
Virgo
Birthday
31, 1936
Birthplace
Monroeville, AL
Death Date
Jun 24, 2015 (78)

About

Chicago teacher who founded the Westside Preparatory School and enriched the lives of inner-city students. She employed classical educational ideas--notably, the Socratic method--while teaching inner-city kids.

Before Fame

She graduated from Clark College in Atlanta, Georgia.

Trivia

She established her low-cost preparatory school in an effort to provide a proper education for poverty-stricken, African-American children who had been labeled (often wrongly) as "learning disabled" by the public school system.

Family Life

Her daughter, Cynthia B. Collins, also became a teacher.

Associated With

She was portrayed by actress Cicely Tyson in the 1981 television movie The Marva Collins Story.