Black teacher Bernice Bass impacts Racine – Racine County Eye
A former Racine citizen recalls her childhood instructor in the Historical Racine Forever Facebook group. The online group has almost 8,000 members and shares content about life in Racine. One member, Judy Collins, was seeking to connect with others who remember their first-grade instructor, Bernice Bass. Mrs. Bass was one of the first, if not the first, female African American teacher in the area.
“Mrs. Bernice Bass had a strong and positive influence on how, as kids of color, we saw ourselves in a school environment that did not look like us. She motivated academic excellence from all of her trainees,” Collins writes.
The response to the post was frustrating. Previous Howell Elementary School and Racine students stepped forward to share their educational experiences as kids. Mrs. Bass was an instructor in the Racine location for about 3 years. In addition to Judy Collins, Bernice Bass Abner and Harry Bass share their mother's journey to Racine as a way to give insight to other teachers.
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