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Name:    Smiley, Adella
Profession:  Educator
Category:  Education
Description:    Adella Smiley was a teacher who, in 1963, became the first black woman elected to the St. Louis Board of Education. She organized a committee to select black role models after whom existing schools could be named. The naming of James Cook, John Mercer Langston, Joseph and William Mitchell, Reverend George E. Stevens, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Frank L. Williams Schools was the result of this effort. In 1972, she became president of the Board of Education. In 1973 she was elected to the executive committee of the Council of Great City Schools, a national coalition of urban superintendents and school board members.

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