Eugenia B. Thomas
Ms. Thomas was the first black president of the Florida Parent Teacher Association serving from 1988-1990. She was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on Nov. 24, 1924 and she moved to Miami with her family in 1929. She attended Booker T. Washington High School where she graduated class valedictorian in 1940. She attended Florida Memorial University where she also graduated with honors (Magna Cum Laude) in 1945.
Over the years, Eugenia Thomas racked up thousands of volunteer hours, lending her help to the PTA, the Children's Home Society, United Way and the Black Archives History and Research Foundation of South Florida, among other local organizations.
“It was the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) that really sparked Eugenia’s enthusiasm for becoming a child advocate,” (Mayra) Barreira wrote. “It was the notion that she could do good for so many children that made the work heartfelt and meaningful.”
Mrs. Eugenia B. Thomas was honored through the naming of the Eugenia B. Thomas K-8 Center in the City of Doral, Florida.
After a life of service, during which she was recognized with many awards, Mrs. Thomas passed on August 17, 2015.
Teproff, Carli. “State’s first black PTA president, child advocate, dies at 90.”
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