It is with great sorrow that we announce the death of Mrs. Dorothy Collins.
In 1963, Collins was one of the first two teachers to integrate the faculty at Winston Elementary in Edgewood ISD. Throughout her professional career of almost forty years, she worked as a teacher, counselor, vice-principal, and principal of numerous schools. She led and participated in protests which resulted in the integration of the Camellia Room at Joske’s in 1960. She worked tirelessly to fight for our civil rights and was dedicated to the NAACP San Antonio as she has acted as the Parliamentarian and Chair of Membership and Life Membership. Collins was inducted into the San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame in 2004 and was a board member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, a member of the Eastside Boys and Girls Club Advisory Council, and a member of the Alamo Area Alliance of Black Educators.
Her work in our community, our hearts, and our schools will not be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mrs. Collins’ family.
Listen to her story through San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum’s (SAAACAM) Oral History Project here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRK5PS7qoJ4