Astronomy; Spending time with her three children
College Coursework, Barber-Scotia College, Concord, NC; Coursework in Drama, Music and Dance, Bennett College for Women, Greensboro, NC
Founder, Director, ADEPT, Houston, TX; Advisor, National Endowment for the Arts
Throughout the duration of your career, what was the one highlight that stood out the most?:
The highlight of her career was the publishing of "The Hawk: an Allegory of Freedom"; it was published 11 weeks before the first Sputnick. Ms. Ayers-Allen is the only poet acknowledged at NASA. Other highlights include being the first person to bring Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) to the public as a poet and working on a project in gerontology in the arts for the National Endowment for the Arts in Houston. She has accomplished all of this while putting on performances and surviving as a woman in a place where few American woman can claim to have served as advisors to the National Endowment for the Arts.
Number Of Years In Profession:
Number Of Years In Current Position:
What Does He/She Attribute Success To:
She attributes her success to her continual pursuit of education.
Why did you become involved in your profession or industry?:
She became involved in her profession because she was a member of the last graduating class in 1939; she wanted to restore the institute so that it could be remembered for the establishment it was.
Position Responsibilities and Duties:
Fundraising; Creating awareness
Honorary Doctorate Degree, Bennett College (2006); Honorary Doctorate Degree, Wilberforce, University (1995); Nominee, Pulitzer Prize
Where Will You Be In 5 Years:
In five years, Ms. Ayers-Allen hopes to publish some of her works.