Watch a brief segment highlighting Dr. Welch here
Dr. Patricia Welch grew up in Baltimore City and attended segregated schools until 1954 when she was part of the first desegregated class at Eastern High School. In 1989, she was appointed Assistant Dean of Education at Morgan State University, and later became Dean, a position she holds today. She also served on the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners, starting in 1997 and as President from 2001 to 2005, when she retired from the Board. After graduating from Coppin State College, Dr. Welch taught in the City public school system for 22 years. She earned an MA from Morgan State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park.
“So it says to me that all of these people – all of these who are supporting, are supporting that old way of thinking – that somebody should be up here and that there are some down here. And those up here shouldn’t have to worry about those down there. But there are some Patricias down there and there are some Evans down there and there are some Judge Bells down there, who are not going to get in. They’re going to be strong, they’re going to stay smart, they’re going to be good and they’re going to not only think about themselves, but think about a whole race of people. We’re not going back in the cotton – we’re not. Too many of us work in boardrooms. Too many of us make policy decisions. Too many of us add and contribute to this world to make it what it is, and we’re not going back. These are tumultuous times, but you know what, this too is going to pass. And as Maya Angelou says, and still I rise, in spite of that. In spite of that, and still I rise. I’m not going anywhere.”