Betty Campbell has
been awarded a posthumous honorary Doctorate from the University of South
Wales. Betty Campbell was a pioneering educationalist, community leader, and
activist. Born and raised in Butetown, Cardiff, to a working-class family, she
grew up determined to become a primary school teacher.
She was one of the
first women to attend Cardiff Teacher Training College. She went on to teach,
and then in the 1970s became headteacher at Mount Stuart Primary School, making
her Wales’ first Black headteacher. Mount Stuart Primary School became a
template for multicultural education.
influence on public life continued to grow, and in the 1980s she became a board
member of BBC Wales. In 1998, Betty was invited to meet Nelson Mandela on his
only visit to Wales.
Betty Campbell became
well known as a Welsh community leader, social activist, and pioneering
educationalist. She was determined to make a difference and shape the lives of
the students she taught.
Betty Campbell was
chosen by the people of Wales to have a statue created in her honour. In September last year the statue was unveiled
in Cardiff’s Central Square.