Rev. Dr. Anna's Story

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Dr. Anna Lou Blevins was born to Otto and Edna Blevins in Arcola, Mississippi, on August 25, 1933.
Dr. Blevins acquired her basic and secondary education in the segregated schools of Arcola. Upon graduation from high school, she received school scholarships and financial support from her church and state missionary groups, completing her first year of studies in music at Alcon University in music.
After graduating from Central State University, she pursued a career as a public school teacher in the United States, Japan and North Africa. She advanced her education by obtaining a master's degree at Northeastern Illinois University and the University of Minnesota, where she was the first black female to earn her doctorate degree in education at the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Anna served the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's educational system for over 25 years as Deputy Secretary and Professor of Education. She co-chaired the President Jimmy Carter United States Task Force on Global Education.
Upon retirement from the University of Pittsburgh, an endowed chair was named in her honor. She retired in Anderson, where she served as Associate Minister of Sherman Street Church of God from 2004-2016.
Services will be noon Thursday at the Sherman Street Church of God. The visitation will be at the church two hours prior to the service. Rev. Ragen Mitchell and Rev. Dr. Edward Foggs will officiate. Interment will follow in Maplewood Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to L.C. May Funeral Service.
Published on February 28, 2017
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