Helen Grey Edmonds (1911–1995)
“I wanted to go to far away places and see far away things. I wanted to hold my own among them.”
Helen Edmonds, Dr. Helen Edmonds of the Department of History at North Carolina Central University, commanded the attention of faculty, students, political conventions, and world conferences with her knowledgeable, confidence, and forceful presence. In books and speeches she taught the history of blacks in the American South and directed countless graduate students to pursue their own academic careers. In 1956 she gave a nomination speech for Republican presidential candidate, Dwight Eisenhower.