Elizabeth Branch Jackson, class of 1945

Elizabeth “Betty” Branch Jackson is one of Pembroke's early students of color. During her time on campus, she was the only Black student for over two years, but this did not stop her from being extremely active during her time there and in the years following. Jackson worked for the American Friends Service and received a National Urban League Fellowship to pursue an MSW at the University of Pittsburgh. She joined the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, continuing her interest in social activism. Taking positions with institutions such as the Red Cross and the Council for Community Services, Jackson finally took a teaching position at Wayne State University. Even in retirement, she continued her involvement with politics and education, both locally and in relation to Brown University.