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Elizabeth JoAnne Smart Drane

Gender: Female

Ethnicity: African-American

Biographical/Historical note: E. JoAnne Smart Drane was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, in 1938, and graduated from segregated Ligon High School. In 1956, she was one of the first two African-American students to enroll at Woman's College (now The University of North Carolina at Greensboro). She graduated with a degree in sociology in 1960. Drane attended graduate school at North Carolina Central University and at Duke University, and worked as a school guidance counselor in Rocky Mount and Raleigh. She later worked with Wake County Schools, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. In 1996, Drane became a trustee of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro after a long career as an educator.

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Item thumbnail image If I had it to do over again, I'd do it without hesitation
Date: 1990
By: Elizabeth JoAnne Smart Drane
From: University Archives Subject Files
This article from the Fall 1991 by JoAnne Smart Drane (nee Elizabeth Jo Ann Smart) discusses her experiences as one of the first two black students admitted to th...
Item thumbnail image The way it was...
Date: 1980
By: Elizabeth JoAnne Smart Drane
From: University Archives Subject Files
This article from the Spring 1980 UNCG Alumni News by JoAnne Smart Drane (nee Elizabeth Jo Ann Smart) discusses her experiences as one of the first two black students adm...
Item thumbnail image Oral History Interview with JoAnne Smart Drane by Hermann Trojanowski
Date: June 5, 2008
By: Elizabeth JoAnne Smart Drane
From: Institutional Memory Oral History Project
This June 5, 2008, oral history interview conducted by Hermann Trojanowski primarily documents JoAnne Smart Drane's recollections of her time at Woman's College (now UNCG) from 1956 to 1960, where she...