New SPS Early Childhood Center Will Be Named for Civil Rights Figure

A local civil rights figure will have their name on Springfield Public School’s new early childhood center being built near Carver Middle School.

A naming committee made a report to the Springfield Public Schools School Board that recommended three individuals for the naming honor:

  • Adah Fulbright, a member of a pioneer Springfield family who taught music and elementary education for 55 years at Lincoln during segregation and was the first African American to retire from the school district.
  • Reverent Oliver & Ms. Linda Brown, for whom the landmark Supreme Court decision Brown v. the Board of Education of Topeka (KS) is named. Brown’s oldest daughter Linda is a Central High School graduate;
  • Dr. Arthur Mallory, a Buffalo High School graduate and Army veteran who was a President of Missouri State University from 1964 to 1971. He also served as the Missouri Commissioner of Education where an early childhood education program was development and put into place.

The naming committee was formed as required by school board policy and held public meetings on November 4, 2019 and November 11, 2019 for citizen feedback.

The committee consisted of:

Community Members

  • Mr. Mike White, Chair
  • Ms. Charlotte Hardin
  • Dr.. Mike Hoeman
  • Ms. Dana Carroll


  • Ms. Missy Riley – Director of Early Childhood and Parents as Teachers


  • Ms. Sarah Fox—Bowerman Wonder Years Teacher
  • Ms. Amanda Snider—Fremont Wonder Years Teacher


  • Mr. Michael Owsley, Student Council President Kickapoo High School
  • Mr. Darquez Morrison, Student Council President of Parkview

The report was given as a “first reading” for the school board at their meeting on November 19, 2019 and a vote on the naming could be taken at the December 10, 2019 meeting.


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