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Joanne Kapnek Bluethenthal
Joanne Bluethenthal was born February 28, 1928, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Following graduation from Pennsylvania State University, she moved with her husband, Arthur Bluethenthal, to Greensboro in 1950. There, Bluethenthal became involved in underground interracial groups as well as community service organizations such as the Council of Jewish Women, the United Day Care Services board, the United Way, the Greensboro Nursing Council, the housing authority, and the Greensboro Planning Board.
When the desegregation of Greensboro public schools was imminent, Bluethenthal became involved in fundraising efforts and activities aimed to heighten the public’s acceptance of desegregation. Following integration, Bluethenthal was active in discussions with African American educators concerning the outcome. She was also involved with the Superior Officers Advisors, an interracial group concerned with integration and busing in Greensboro, and the Human Relations Advisory Committee.