Johnnetta Betsch Cole
Johnnetta Betsch Cole (Jacksonville)is a noted educator, author, speaker and consultant on inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility in corporations, educational institutions, museums, and other workplaces. After receiving a Ph.D. in anthropology, Dr. Cole held teaching positions in anthropology, women’s studies, and African American studies at several colleges and universities. She served as President of both historically Black colleges for women in the United States, Spelman College and Bennett College, a distinction she alone holds. She also served as the Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, as a Principal Consultant at Cook Ross, and as a Senior Consulting Fellow at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Dr.Cole is currently the Chair and Seventh President of the National Council of Negro Women, an advocacy organization for women’s rights and civil rights. She serves as the dean of the Herndon Board Institute, and she is a member of the board of the Dr. Maya Angelou Foundation. Johnnetta Betsch Cole has authored, co-authored, and edited several books and numerous articles for scholarly and general audiences. Her latest publications are Racism in American Public Life: A Call to Action and African Proverbs for All Ages. Dr. Cole has received numerous awards and is the recipient of 70 honorary degrees. Throughout her career and in her published work, speeches, and community service, Johnnetta Betsch Cole consistently addresses issues of racism, sexism, and all other systems of inequality.