Oral History Center - UC Berkeley Library

Del Anderson Handy, a Consummate Educator: From a Childhood in the Rural South to the Chancellorship of San Francisco City College

Interviewee(s):
Handy, Del Anderson
Interviewer(s):
Crawford, Caroline
Title:
Del Anderson Handy, a Consummate Educator: From a Childhood in the Rural South to the Chancellorship of San Francisco City College
Abstract:
Del Anderson Handy grew up in a small town near Vicksburg, Mississippi, where she worked alongside her great-grandmother, a midwife and forewoman on a plantation. She began studies at Alcorn College and after leading a student protest against racism she left the South and moved to California. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in human development and family life education, and a Master's in Social Work at San Diego State, and shortly became a member of the faculty there, the third African-American on the tenure track in a university of that size. After a number of posts in community colleges, she was named Chancellor of San Francisco City College, where she played a leading role in a $150 million bond campaign to build two new campuses. A lifelong fighter for civil rights, Del Handy retired 1998 and is active on the boards of several Bay Area organizations.
Subject area(s):
Arts and Letters
Interview date(s):
2015
Project:
Arts and Letters - Individual Interviews
Rights:
Handy, Del Anderson. "Del Anderson Handy, a Consummate Educator: From a Childhood in the Rural South to the Chancellorship of San Francisco City College." Interview by Caroline Crawford in 2015. Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2016.