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Becoming the Beloved Community: A Conversation About Alberta Henry and Black Life in Salt Lake City

For more than fifty years, a woman by the name of Alberta Henry – devoted civil rights activist, educator, and community leader in Salt Lake City – carried the torch for hope, compassion, and change. She embedded herself in the public school system, served as longtime President of the NAACP, and led the charge for equality through her religious community.

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Addressing fairness in education for Black youth was a hallmark of Henry’s passion. She was hired by Salt Lake City School District to work as a liaison between the district and the Black community to combat discrimination and to ensure that Black children were being treated fairly. For herself, Henry pursued education at the University of Utah, receiving a B.S. degree in 1982. Today the Alberta Henry Scholarship continues to assist Black students in pursuing their education at the U.


France Davis

Pastor Emeritus of Calvary Baptist Church, civil rights and community leader.

Kathleen Christy

Retired Assistant Superintendent for Equity and Advocacy in the Salt Lake City School District

Frances Battle

Principal of Nibley Park School K-8

Shauna Graves-Robertson

Judge on the Salt Lake County Justice Court

Jeanetta Williams

President of the NAACP Salt Lake Branch

The Marriott Library Special Collections holds the Alberta Henry papers. Feel free to request a time to see the papers by contacting Special Collections.

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Alberta Henry Digital Collection

Finding Aid for Alberta Henry Papers

Alberta Henry Oral History 

Alberta Henry Digital Exhibition

Alberta Henry Biography Feed My Sheep: The Life of Alberta Henry

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    Posted at 18:17h, 18 January Reply

    Our family’s story wouldn’t be complete without a chapter on an unusual Afro-American woman who traded the backwater stagnation of Topeka, Kansas in l949 for the snowy white peaks of Salt Lake City, Utah, leaving her indelible mark in the state’s history by dramatically, if not radically, improving the higher education of impoverished blacks and other minorities, all wrapped up into a God-driven, fiercely determined Baptist named Alberta Henry….

    Excerpt taken from the chapter WHEN GOD SPOKE, ALBERTA HENRY LISTENED! in Sandack family bio “THIS IS THE PLACE BUT YOU STILL CAN’T GET GOOD RYE BREAD! by Rick Sandack @

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