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Baltimore educator is living history

Stacy M. Brown | 2/28/2014, 6 a.m.
Ruth Pratt Courtesy Photo

— Pratt recently taught at Coppin State University where she earned inclusion in the Cambridge Who’s Who Registry, a rare honor for educators. She also served as the chief educational officer to the superintendent of the Baltimore City Public School System, associate professor at Morgan State University, and an instructor at Catonsville Community College where she taught disabled adults.

After her retirement three years ago, Pratt, a longtime member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and 2013’s “Delta Sweetheart of the Year,” remains busy. Pratt sits on various boards and committees, including the Board of Governors at the University of Maryland.

“There’s always a lot to do and I try and get it done,” said Pratt, who holds numerous awards and distinctions, ncluding the Thurgood Marshall Legacy Award from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. She is also a member of the Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame.

“Education is different today, the parents must get involved and they must support the teachers who are working hard despite being underpaid,” Pratt said. “You have to remember too, that the home is a child’s first school and the parents are the first teachers.

“We, as black people, have to change our values. We can’t look at things as problems, we must look at them as challenges and we can’t be so negative, which is why and how I’ve gotten to be 92-years-old and still am able to do so much.”