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Peggy Brooks-Bertram

Brooks-Bertram, President of the Uncrowned Queens Institute, is a real renaissance woman. A scholar, educator, activist, and playwright, Brooks-Bertram has degrees in Political Science, Public Health, and American Studies. She has written children's books, produced radio and television programs, and researched in the areas of education, public health, and African American history. She has also developed a faith-based hospice center, worked as an advocate of the parents of public school children, and founded, among other things, an independent consultant firm, Jehudi Educational Services, of which she is the CEO. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society and the Kaleida Health Trustee Council.

Peggy Brooks-Bertram at the Third Annual Uncrowned Queens Conference: Embracing African American Women of Power, Passion, and Purpose, November 2003

In 1988, her play Dynasties of Kush was selected to be included in the University at Buffalo's First International Women's Playwright Conference and, in 2001, Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland awarded her the University's first Distinguished Achievement Award for Outstanding Contributions to African American History and Culture.

She is also the recipient of the Buffalo Urban League's 2002 Community Life Award. Some of her other awards include the Individual Achievement Award for Family Support Programs for Families of Children with Prader-Willi Syndrome from the National Associate of Counties, the Mary B. Talbert Civic and Cultural Club's Award for Community Service, and the William Wells Brown award from the Afro-American Historical Association of the Niagara Frontier.

Affiliation(s): Educational Opportunity Center, African-American Studies
Record Group(s): 33, 22