Suzanne Ellery Chappelle '60

The Distinguished Alumna Award is given annually to an alumna who has made a significant contribution in her field of interest and whose accomplishments have had an effect on the larger community. 

While a student at Springside, it is no surprise that Suzanne was a high honor roll student who served as the Yearbook Editor, Affiliation Committee President, and participated in Glee and Service Clubs. In addition, Sue participated in several programs organized by the American Friends Service Committee for high school students, which provided her with an introduction to activism.

As an undergraduate at Harvard, but especially as a graduate student at Johns Hopkins, she was very involved in civil rights efforts. She participated in Baltimore Neighborhoods’ housing testing programs, the goal of which was to identify realtors and renters who were not obeying the open housing laws so cases could be brought against them in court. Her work continued in the summer of 1965, when she taught at Philander Smith College, an HBCU in Little Rock, and joined with local activists in desegregating public facilities. As a professor at Morgan, she has pushed for the addition of environmental studies and worked to show its relevance for the African American community. 
 
An accomplished scholar and author, she graduated cum laude with a B.A. in History from Harvard University in 1964. She went on to earn both a masters and a doctorate from Johns Hopkins University in American History. Suzanne has published seven books, many of which focus on different parts of Maryland history and one is a Civics textbook.

Sue is currently a Professor emerita, in the Department of History and Geography at Morgan State University where she taught for 37 years. Prior to this role, she was a Professor of History and Geography, also at Morgan State University; an Assistant Professor of History at Towson University, a Professor of History at The Johns Hopkins School of Continuing Studies, and she started her career at Federal City College (now the University of the District of Columbia.)

She is also an active member of her community, serving on many committees and boards through which she continues to be involved with the environment, history and demonstrates her compassion for others.

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