In Memoriam

Ernestein Walker Baylor (1927?-2009)

Ernestein Baylor, the longtime history professor at Morgan State University in Baltimore, died recently from heart failure.

A native of Georgia, Baylor graduated from Spelman College in 1949. She went on to earn a master’s degree in history from Atlanta University and a Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

She began her teaching career at what is now Kentucky State University. She taught at Fort Valley State University and South Carolina State University before joining the faculty at Morgan State University in 1965. She remained on the Morgan State faculty for 33 years until her retirement in 1998.

Dr. Baylor was the author of The Black Woman in American Perspective and the 1977 book Struggle for the Reform of Parliament, 1853-1867. She also served on the board of trustees of Spelman College.

Janie R. Jenkins (1924-2009)

Janie Jenkins, a longtime faculty member at Buffalo State College and the founder of a college scholarship program for minority students, died at a health-care facility in Hamburg, New York. She was 85 years old.

A native of Shubuta, Mississippi, Jenkins graduated from Alcorn State University in 1945. She went on to earn a master’s degree in home economics from Wayne State University.

During her long teaching career she taught in the Buffalo public school system and at Mary Holmes Junior College, Jackson State University, and Buffalo State College. She retired in 1988 after 19 years on the faculty of Buffalo State.

After retirement, Professor Jenkins founded the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast. Each year at the event she would award college scholarships to Buffalo area high school seniors.