WASHINGTON (March 31, 2011) – Lucy Diggs Slowe, the first Dean of Women at Howard University, was inducted in to the 26th annual Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame during Women’s History Month. The ceremony was held March 29 at the Miller Senate Office Building in Annapolis, Md.
Slowe was appointed Dean of Women at Howard in 1922. While serving as Dean, Slowe secured the establishment of a “women’s campus” at Howard and influenced the appointment of women’s deans throughout the country. During her tenure at Howard, three new residence halls were built. A co-ed residence in the historic LeDroit Park is currently named in her honor. In addition, Slowe founded Shaw Junior High School in 1919, the first junior high school in the District of Columbia school system.
As undergraduate at Howard in 1908, Slowe was a founding member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the first black Greek letter sorority organization for college-trained women. For over 103 years, Alpha Kappa Alpha today has more than 260,000 members.
Slowe also helped to organize the National Council of Negro Women and founded the National Association of College Women. In 1919, Slowe won the American Tennis Association’s first tournament, making her the first African-American woman to win a major sports title.
Each year, the Maryland Commission for Women and the Women Legislators of Maryland recognize women of high achievement. The Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame is housed at the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center in Baltimore.