THE SPOTLIGHT SHINES ON: Dr. Frances H. Stallworth

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Dr. Frances H. StallworthDr. Frances H. Stallworth ascended from a very humble beginning and transcended into an inimitable legend who is an alumna of both FAMU and FSU. She is now a retired professor after fifty-nine phenomenal years in the teaching profession having taught at several levels: middle school, high school, junior college, university as well as in two foreign countries: Dalian, China and Ghana, West Africa. She has virtually traveled the world to such places as Asia, Africa Europe, the Middle East, Scandinavia, Russia and Canada as well as many of the states in America when she served for 20 years as head advisor for the renowned FAMU Gospel Choir.

For all the fulltime positions she has held, she was never interviewed. She was hired out right. Ironically one of her former high school students, James Vaughn, now a pastor, persuaded her to return to college and pursue her Ph.D. After careful thought she acquiesced to his request and earned her Ph.D. in four years. Earning a doctorate opened a plethora of doors of opportunity for her including being invited by Dean Aubrey Perry to become a professor of English at FAMU, where Dr. Frederick Humphries, her college classmate was president for many years. While teaching at FAMU she was the recipient of several awards: Teacher of the Year three times, The Superior Accomplishment Award, the TIP Award which came with a $5,000 raise; enshrined into the Gallery of Distinction by the College of Arts and Sciences; the recipient of the bonus given by the state to top employees; honored as An Urban League Legend for twenty years of service; extended an invitation to present a paper at the Oxford Round Table Forum in Oxford, England where she also sang for an international audience that gave her a standing ovation.  She has also sung for a reelection banquet for former Governor Bob Graham; has sung for Shirley Chisholm, the first African-American elected to Congress; has sung at the National Education Association Convention; has sung at a convocation featuring Judge Hatchet, Florida’s first African-American judge. She has also met Dr. Martin Luther King and President Obama.

Three generations of her family have attended FAMU. She is the wife for 57 years of her late husband Theotis Stallwoth, whom she met when she was 12 years old. She is a member of Watson Temple COGIC where she has served all her life. She is the Chairperson of the Mothers’ Board, a member of the Trustee Board and head of the Music Department. She gives God the glory for blessing her life!