|Birth: ||Dec. 13, 1924|
|Death: ||Jun. 11, 2011|
ATLANTA (AP) - Edythe Scott Bagley, the older sister of Coretta Scott King, died in her Pennsylvania home, the family said Sunday. She was 86.
Bagley died at her home in Cheney, Pa. Around 7 a.m. on Saturday, said Martin Luther King III, her nephew. She had been an active member of the board of directors for the Atlanta-based King Center since it was founded in 1968 and was also a retired professor of theatre arts at Cheyney University.
"Our Aunt Edythe was a vibrant, brilliant woman and always a source of strength and wisdom for our mother during the difficult challenges of the civil rights movement," said King. "We will miss her dearly, and she leaves a great void in the hearts of our family and her many friends and colleagues."
Bagley was born in Marion, Ala., on Dec. 13, 1924, and excelled in school, eventually earning a scholarship in 1943 to Antioch College. She transferred to Ohio State University and after graduating taught students in Alabama and North Carolina.
After Martin Luther King Jr. was killed, Bagley worked with her sister, Martin's widow, to promote civil rights.She occasionally represented Coretta Scott King at events, and made radio and TV appearances on behalf of the Center for Nonviolent Social Change.
In 1971, she joined Cheyney's faculty and was charged with developing a theatre arts major. The program was approved in 1980.
She is survived by her son Arturo, who is teaching at a Delaware school, a brother and several nieces and nephews. Arthur Bagley, her husband of 56 years, died in February 2011.
The funeral will be June 17 at 1 p.m. in West Chester, Pa. Her family is also planning a memorial service celebrating her life in July in Marion.
Information sent by Dan Oh
The Daily Local News, West Chester, Chester County, Pa
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Edythe S. Bagley
Edythe S. Bagley of Cheyney Edythe Scott Bagley, 86, of Cheyney, passed away on Saturday, June 11 at her home. She was born and grew up in Marion, Alabama, the daughter of Obie Scott and Bernice McMurry Scott. She was the eldest surviving child of three, including her sister Coretta and her brother Obie Leonard. She attended Crossroads School and Lincoln School. Upon graduation as valedictorian of her class, she received a scholarship to Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, becoming Antioch's first full-time African American student in modern times. Her Antioch experience was so enriching that it broadened her horizons
and enticed her younger sister, Coretta, to enroll two years later. At Antioch she participated in the school's renowned co-operative education program, and among her co-op experiences was a day spent with novelist Richard Wright. After receiving her bachelor's degree from the Ohio State University, Mrs. Bagley returned to the South. While teaching high school English in Talladega, Alabama,
she pursued graduate studies at Columbia University and earned a master's degree in English. She then taught and directed plays at Elizabeth City State Teachers College, where she met Arthur M. Bagley, whom she married on June 5, 1954. She later taught at Albany State College, North Carolina A&T University, and Norfolk State University. After returning to graduate school she earned a terminal
master of fine arts degree in Theater from Boston University, becoming, in 1965, the first African American woman to do so. Following the death of Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr., she worked full-time with her sister, Coretta Scott King, for two years. In 1970 she accompanied her sister to Europe on a promotional tour for her book My Life with Martin Luther King, Jr. Mrs. Bagley served as a
consultant in developing a major in Black Drama at Michigan State University from 1970-1972. From 1971 through 1996, she was a professor at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania; due to her leadership, Pennsylvania's Department of Education approved Cheyney's proposal to offer a theatre arts major in 1980 and the university completed the construction of a modern theatre arts facility in 1996. In addition to teaching, Mrs. Bagley directed the student repertory group, the Cheyney Players, and directed many major productions from both classical and modern dramatic literature. Mrs. Bagley was involved in implementing the cultural affairs component of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change and was a lifetime member of the its board of directors. Mrs. Bagley and her sister were among thirty-seven sets of sisters featured in the New York Times best-selling book Sisters, published by Running Press in 1994. A member of St. Paul's Baptist Church in West Chester, Mrs. Bagley also belonged to several national organizations including the American Association of University Women, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the National Council of Negro Women, and the Links, Incorporated. She was also an honorary member of the Alpha Psi Omega Dramatic Honorary Fraternity. Mrs. Bagley's husband, Dr. Arthur M. Bagley, was a professor and chair of the Industrial Arts and Technology Department at Cheyney. She is survived by her
son, Arturo S. Bagley, of Cheyney, her brother, Rev. Obie Leonard Scott and his wife Alberta, of Greensboro, Alabama, her niece, Dr. Bernice A. King of Atlanta,
her nephew Martin Luther King, III and his wife Arndrea and daughter Yolanda Renee of Atlanta, and her nephew Dexter Scott King of Malibu, California. Funeral services will be held Friday, June 17, 2011 at 1 p.m. at the Milestone Events Center, LLC of DeBaptiste Funeral Homes, Inc., 600 East Market Street, West Chester, PA. Friends may greet the family from 12 Noon to 1 p.m. prior to
the service. Interment will be in the family cemetery in Marion, Alabama.
Arthur Moten Bagley (1924 - 2011)
Mount Tabor AME Zion Church Cemetery
Created by: Carol Bestick
Record added: Jun 13, 2011
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