Throughout Women’s History Month 2023, the Dr. Edna B. McKenzie Branch of ASALH presents brief features on a female Branch member or a family member of the Branch member.
Dr. Beatrice Vasser, Prolific, Inspiring, Truth-telling Writer and Educator
Beatrice Wright Vasser, Ph.D obtained her Bachelor’s degree from North Carolina Central University and her Masters and Ph.D from the University of Pittsburgh. She has taught schools in Virginia, Pittsburgh and later assumed a position as the first African American Teacher, Athletic Director and Department Head at the famous elite Ellis School for 27 years.
Dr. Vasser later worked as a Therapist for Ruth Kane and Associates with clients afflicted with eating disorders.
“Bea” is a prolific, inspiring, truth telling writer and the author of three books: The Circle of Life Verses From My Journey, The Color of Black, and Black Mandemic. These poems depict her life and journey as a bold Black Woman in America. In respect of Black History and achievement, she collects African Art and designs Black Angels. It was indeed an honor for me to write the Preface in Dr. Vasser’s book, Black Mandemic.
Dr. Vasser is an engaging world traveler. In the “Great Hall of the People”, located at the western edge of Tiananmen Square in Beijing China, Bea as a great scholar educator, presented on the topic, “Sports Psychology”. The Great Hall of the People is the equivalent of the United States Senate. What a tremendous honor to have Bea present in this great historic building in the country of China, one of the oldest surviving civilizations in the world.
On February 13, 2021, Dr. Vasser gave a penetrating, moving, uplifting presentation in a McKenzie Branch Virtual Program titled: The Death of My Mother: A Teacher in a One Room School. This lecture by Dr. Vasser was greatly received by all of those in attendance and was a most informative presentation.
* Lynne Robinson is the daughter of Dr. Edna B. McKenzie Branch Member, Sylvia Robinson.
Ronald B. Saunders, President of Dr.Edna B. McKenzie Branch of ASALH