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Gwen McMullins

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
African American news from Pasadena - Women of AchievementGwen McMullins showed up for her interview at The Journal with a Census 2010 button on. She had just come from a census rally designed to get citizens to participate in the 2010 Census. It was testimony to her busy schedule of volunteer service to the community. Recently retired from 32 years as a Home Economics teacher at Pasadena High School, she is now serving her second term as President of the local chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
As a Home Economics teacher she remembers many exciting years of teaching young people life's skills from cooking to choosing careers. At one point she took a class of promising airline industry careerists on a plane trip from Burbank airport to San Diego. Ironically, she currently co-owns Fantasy Tours Travel Agency along with her husband, Tommy McMullins, and Delano and Samella Yarbrough.

She finds joy particularly in having former male students thank her for teaching them to cook because these former students have taught their wives the fine points of the culinary skills they learned from Ms. McMullins. One of her proudest achievements is her involvement of the Young African American Women's Conference. This year's event marks the Eigth Annual Conference and promises to be an exciting event to be held at Pasadena City College on March 27, 2010.

Born and raised in Corcoran, Alabama where she attended the Corcoran Colored School. She learned people skills from watching her father at the family store. He also served the community as a Baptist Preacher while her mother worked at a White college where Blacks couldn't attend. When it was time for her to attend college the family did what was necessary to get her there which was forty miles away. She earned her Bachelor's from Fort Valley State University in Fort Valley, Georgia and later a Masters from California's Azusa Pacific College. She holds degrees in Home Economics and Science.

Her list of achievements is long, her community commitment is solid, and her faith in academics and mentorship as a way to move forward for individuals and groups is unshakable. She remembers living near her grandparents and what she learned from their lives. She says that "the sacrifice that others make for us helps us focus our lives on what others often see in us that we don't see in ourselves." She sees much in others and has dedicated her life to helping to bring out the best in her students and others through her work with the Deltas.

 

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