Dec. 1, 1937: DPS’ first African-American general superindent is born

Arthur JeffersonOn this day in 1937, Arthur Jefferson is born in Detroit.

He will attend Northeastern High School and earn a bachelors, masters and a doctorate degree from Wayne State University. In 1975, at age 36, he will become the first African-American general superintendent of the Detroit Public Schools (DPS), the nation’s fifth largest school district.
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Jefferson, the youngest person to lead DPS, will serve in that post until 1989.

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.