Zelma Watson George is born

December 8

On December 8, 1903, activist and opera singer Zelma Watson George was born in Texas. 

Zelma Watson George was influential during the 1900s. During her lifetime, George worked as a social worker, dean, opera singer and U.S delegate, cementing her legacy worldwide. 

Zelma Watson George gained higher education from the University of Chicago, Northwestern University and New York University. After earning her Ph.D in sociology from New York University in 1954, she began to pursue different career paths. 

Towards the end of her life, George spent her time mentoring and educating the next generation as an instructor at Cuyahoga Community College. 

Zelma Watson George died in 1994. 


Sources

Brenda Cain, cleveland.com. (2022, February 1). Zelma Watson George, the Cleveland opera singer who had a president’s ear: Black history month untold stories. cleveland. Retrieved December 1, 2022, from https://www.cleveland.com/news/2022/02/zelma-watson-george-the-cleveland-opera-singer-who-had-a-presidents-ear-black-history-month-untold-stories.html 

George, Zelma Watson (1903–1994). TSHA. (n.d.). Retrieved December 1, 2022, from https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/george-zelma-watson

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