BY PENNY DICKERSON
History and legacy have intersected at the corner of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. boulevards for years that precede its rural roads and civil rights echo. Dr. Ann Taylor Green is the third namesake whose academic stature and community service have earned the right to grace the hallmark location.
For 38 years, Green served Bethune-Cookman as an instructor, provost and vice president. She is now an active retiree in Daytona Beach, who has lived to see her heritage archived as the Ann Taylor Green General Studies Building.
The university was to host a special naming ceremony on Thursday, Aug. 27 at B-CU to place her name on one the campus’ most historical buildings. The event was to take place in the parking lot of the general studies building.
A native of Birmingham, Ala., Green is a graduate of Talladega College who further earned a Master of Science degree in Mathematics Education from North Carolina A&T State University and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Educational Administration from The American University.
During her years at then-Bethune-Cookman College, she gained the reputation as a no-nonsense math instructor who equally embodied many of the same characteristics as the school’s founder, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune.
Following her retirement, Green was bestowed the title of provost emeritus.
In the tradition of firsts, the same building that will bear her name also was the formal McLeod Hospital, which served the students of the former Daytona Education and Industrial Training School for Girls. It additionally served as a training place for aspiring nurses.
Green is a member and past president of the Gamma Mu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., which is the first sisterhood-based, global organization for African women of character and collegiate scholarship established in 1908 on the campus of Howard University.
Under her leadership of the Daytona Beach alumnae chapter, the organization presented the Ebony Fashion Fair for many years starting in 1978 and began its Men of Tomorrow program in 1980.
She remains a dedicated member of the university and the community and earlier this year was named one of two recipients of the first “Citizens in Action” awards presented by the National Pan-Hellenic Council of Volusia County.
Green, who is married to Arthur R. Green, also is a member of the Daytona Beach Chapter of The Links, Inc., and Mt. Bethel Baptist Institutional Church in Daytona Beach.