"I am a third generation educator and so from the beginning I wanted my quilts to do more than just attract people because of their colors and etc., but they would walk away from my work having taken away some lesson." 1 – Marlene O’Bryant-Seabrook – first African American appointed as a permanent member of The Citadel faculty and fiber artist
Dr. Marlene O’Bryant-Seabrook was the first African American and second woman appointed as a full-time permanent member of The Citadel faculty. She came to The Citadel in 1975, teaching in the Department of Education. She held a number of certifications including Elementary Education, Learning Disabilities, Psychology, Mental Retardation, and Elementary Administration. She was on the faculty for five years.
Dr. O’Bryant-Seabrook subsequently continued her work as an educator. Most interesting is the fact that she picked up quilting in the early 1980’s and has become well-known for her unique creations. Her quilts are true works of art that often include lessons about life. Her work has been exhibited around the world. She was one of 44 artists who created quilts for an exhibition in honor of President Obama’s first inauguration. The quilts, including the one she created, entitled “They Paved the Way” were exhibited at the Washington Historic Society for several months.
Dr. O’Bryant-Seabrook is an active member of her community, involved in a number of organizations and has served on numerous boards.
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