From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Burks, Kathryn L. Wright

(born: 1937  -  died: 1990) 

Kathryn L. W. Burks was the first African American student teacher in Franklin, IN (1958) and the first to teach high school in that city (1966). A graduate of Franklin College and Indiana University, she taught school for more than 30 years in Indiana, first in Gary and later in Franklin.

She was also a member of the Franklin College Board of Trustees. The Kathryn Burks Endowed Scholarship was established at the school.

Kathryn L. W. Burks was born in Springfield, KY, the daughter of Naomi M. Summers Wright and William H. Wright.

For more see the Kathryn L. Wright Burks entry in The Black Women in the Middle West Project, by D. C. Hine, et al.; and the Kathryn Burks Endowed Scholarship website at Franklin College.

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NKAA Source: The Black women in the Middle West Project : a comprehensive resource guide, Illinois and Indiana : historical essays, oral histories, biographical profiles, and document collections

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“Burks, Kathryn L. Wright,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed March 20, 2023,

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