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

Boswell, Arnita Y.

(born: 1920  -  died: 2002) 

Arnita Young Boswell was born in Lincoln Ridge, KY. She was a graduate of Kentucky State College [now Kentucky State University] and Atlanta University [now Clark Atlanta University], and earned her advanced social work certification at Columbia University and advanced education at Colorado State University. She was a professor of social work at the University of Chicago (1961-1980) and Director of the Family Resources Center at the Robert Taylor Homes in Chicago. She was also the first national director for Project Head Start, the first director of the social workers of the Chicago Public Schools, and founder of Chicago's League of Black Women. Boswell was the daughter of Whitney Young, Sr. and Laura R. Young. For more see Who's Who Among African Americans, 1975-2002.

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NKAA Entry: Young, Whitney M., Sr.
NKAA Entry: Young, Laura R.
NKAA Source: Who's who among African Americans

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