I Am HR: Dr. Patricia Turner

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – In celebration of Black History Month, we’ve been highlighting some of Hampton Roads’ own who have paved the way.

This week, we shared the story of Dr. Patricia Turner, one of the original members of the Norfolk 17. She was among a group of teenagers who strove for a better education. After the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision, it opened the door for her and her brother to set foot in an integrated classroom. But what came next was nothing like you would expect a first day of school to be.

Dr. Turner shared her powerful story on this week’s “I Am Hampton Roads.”

Dr. Turner was 13 years old at the time. She has since graduated cum laude, holds a mathematics degree from Norfolk State University, a masters from Old Dominion University and has a PhD.

She taught for 20 years at Blair Middle School and wrote a book with her granddaughter called “Today I met a Rainbow,” because she said when she would look out over her classroom of kids, that’s what she saw: a rainbow.