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Dr Sharon Grant-Henry

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Dr Sharon Grant-Henry

  • Birth 4 Jul 1949 Norfolk, Norfolk City, Virginia, USA
  • Death 3 Feb 2004 San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA
  • Burial San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA
  • Plot Faith, Lot 639, #14
  • Memorial ID 8700224

Sharon Grant-Henry was an activist in the Civil Rights Movement and a member of CORE (Congress of Racial Equality) and SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) in the 1960s. In the 1970s, she was a Lieutenant and a teacher in the Nation of Islam. She received her B.A. in Sociology from UCSD and her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from Princeton University. Dr. Grant-Henry taught at Hunter College, CUNY; and Princeton. She was Co-Director of the Civic Education and Community Service Program at Rutgers University from 1989-1991. She was Director of the Community Based Block (CBB) Counseling Program at San Diego State University from 1992-1996 and then Chair of the Department of Counseling and School Psychology until her retirement.

For the past five years, she worked as a developer of Fanno Academy African-centered Charter School in the San Diego Unified School District. In 2002-2003, she designed a "Trauma Studies Across Cultures and Communities" specialty for the Counseling and School Psychology Program at San Diego State University. In 2001, she wrote a play, "Blues on Blackfront Street" that was workshopped by the San Diego Black Ensemble Theatre group, and also wrote lyrics for "Soundtrack" and "Motel Mambo" on Sue Palmer's "Soundtrack to a B Movie" CD. She is a featured singer for the final song on that same album.

Dr. Grant-Henry was a member of the Pan-African Association of America and the Association of Black Psychologists in San Diego. She was on the Outreach Committee for the San Diego Chapter of the Lupus Foundation.

Dr. Grant-Henry is featured in two films on Lupus, "Stories of Lupus" and "For Life." She was a guest on the "Debra Duncan" talk show speaking about Lupus. She was featured in a KPBS "Full Focus" interview with 1960s era Civil Rights Activists and in a "Speaking of Schools" discussion (also on KPBS). She spoke frequently at conferences on the subjects of Education; People of Color; and Lupus. Most recently, in 2003, she spoke at the Survivors of Historical Trauma Conference on Indigenous Trauma and Resiliency.

Dr. Grant-Henry died, at age 54, from complications of lupus. She is survived by her two children, Makana and Atiya; her sister, Marcia; her father, Mr. Maple Grant; as well as many fiercely-loved friends and former students in San Diego and across the nation.


  • Created by: Mary
  • Added: 29 Apr 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8700224
  • Mary
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dr Sharon Grant-Henry (4 Jul 1949–3 Feb 2004), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8700224, citing Greenwood Memorial Park, San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA ; Maintained by Mary (contributor 46615701) .