101 Years of Life, Love and Learning, Dr. Marie L. Greenwood Booktalk

One of Denver's Finest Trailblazers in Education

Join us as Dr. Greenwood discusses her newest publication By the Grace of God: The True Life Journey of 100 Years.

Saturday, December 7
Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library
2-4 p.m.

Note from the Author…
“I have written this autobiography as a bit of family history, which I am passing on to my children, grandchildren, great grands and future descendants. I am convinced that my life has been guided by a God-given Divine Plan. It has been an exhilarating experience reliving my busy life as I have written this autobiography. Hopefully, it will be an adventurous document for the readers.”

Free and Open to the Public

Educator Marie Louise Greenwood was born on November 24, 1912 in Los Angeles, California. Her parents, a railroad chef and a domestic worker, moved the family to Denver, Colorado in 1925 searching for better opportunities. Having parents who stressed education, Greenwood decided to pursue teaching as a career. Upon graduating from West High School, her academic record as one of Colorado's top students earned her a scholarship. This enabled her to enroll in Colorado Teacher's College in Greeley where she was confronted with blatant racism. She was prevented from living on campus or joining any student organizations. In 1935, Greenwood was encouraged by the minister of her church to take the Colorado State Teacher's Examination. She successfully passed the written examination and oral interview. Upon receiving a letter of assignment entitling her to teach at Whittier Elementary School in 1935, Greenwood became one of the first African American school teachers in Denver. - Excerpt from The History Makers

* Author will be selling copies of her book.

For more information, please contact the Blair-Caldwell Library at 720-865-2401 or email blairstaff@denverlibrary.org.

Written by HEvans on December 6, 2013


Anonymous on December 8, 2013


It was such an honor to have Mrs. Greenwood visit my classroom to read to my E.C.E. children. They loved her as much as I do. What a lady! She showed the love and grace of God everywhere she went.

HEvans on December 9, 2013


I agree...she is definitely made of sturdy stuff! Her contribution to Denver is felt far and wide.

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