Educator, African American history specialist, and author, Margaret Peters was born in Dayton. She is a Roosevelt High School graduate (1954), and majoring in Education, she earned a B.A. degree, a B.S. degree, and a M.A. degree from the University of Dayton. Ms. Peters began her teaching career at Dayton’s Roth High School in 1963, and retired from Colonel White High School in 1993. Since that time, Ms. Peters has remained an active educator. She has taught at Central State University West and the University of Dayton, and is currently an Adjunct Professor at Sinclair Community College.
In 1969, Ms. Peters produced Striving to Overcome: Negro Achievers, which was published by Dayton Public Schools. Johnson Publishing Company published The Ebony Book of Black Achievement in 1970. She co-authored an article, Blacks in Ohio History, with her brother, Wendell, in 1980. Since 1995, she has authored “From the Root,” a weekly column for the Dayton Weekly News. Dayton’s African American Heritage, published in 1995, was followed by Dayton’s African American Heritage, Expanded Edition, published in 2005.
Ms. Peters has received numerous awards, including the National Education’s Dr. Carter G. Woodson Award, Excellence in Teaching Award, Mary Scott Legacy Award for Volunteerism, Culture Builds Community Award, and the National Forum of Black Administrators Lifetime Achievement Award. She has been cited as one of Dayton’s Top Ten Women, inducted into the Peace Bridge Hall of Fame, inducted into the Wright-Dunbar Walk of Fame, included in the Dayton Skyscrapers (an exhibit created by another Dayton Original, Bing Davis), honored at the Dayton African American Cultural Festival, and honored as a Dayton Peace Hero by the Dayton International Peace Museum. This Dayton Original continues to faithfully serve this community!