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Miss Tuskegee 1944
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[[caption]]GERALDINE BERNADETTE TALTON[[/caption]]

to meet the needs of the colored race.  Tuskegee Institute soon became a useful educational institution and is widely recognized today as an active agency in the promotion of better race relations as well as an educational and social force active in the solution of minority group problems.

Booker T. Washington was born near Hale's Ford in Franklin County, Virginia, in 1856, was graduated from Hampton Institute in 1875, and died at Tuskegee Institute November 14, 1915.  His work in the fields of education and race relations ranks among the great contributions to the advancement of not only the Negro, but the South and the nation as well.

Robert Russia Moton, successor to Booker T. Washington and second principal of Tuskegee Institute, was born in Amelia County, Virginia, August 26, 1867, and died at his home in Capahosic, Virginia, May 31, 1940.  He was also a graduate of Hampton Institute.  Dr. Moton's career as an educator and distinguished leader is reflected in his outstanding work at Tuskegee Institute and in the field of race relations.

In 1935 Frederick Douglas Patterson succeeded Dr. Moton as president of Tuskegee Institute.  Under Dr. Patterson's administration Tuskegee Institute is rendering valuable service to the war effort by training students in aviation, aircraft and automobile mechanics, Reserve Officers Training Corps, nursing, and many other vocations essential to the needs of both the Armed Forces and the civilian home front.

Tuskegee Institute now consists of the following divisions:  the College of Agriculture, College of Education, College of Home Economics and Commercial Dietetics, College of Mechanical Industries, the School of Nursing, and the Department of Physical Education.

In this period of global warfare which offers to all American citizens a high challenge to full, wholesome living, I consider it a distinct privilege to greet such exponents of fine sportsmanship and morale as represented by the football teams of West Virginia State College and Tuskegee Institute.

Yours for Tuskegee Institute,
F. D. Patterson, President

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AKA Football Committee Chairman

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"Miss Detroit" - 1942

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