Dr. Margaret Bernice Smith Bristow

Dr. Margaret Bernice Smith Bristow was born in Newport News, Virginia on February 20, 1950 and has remained in the area her entire life. She attended Dunbar-Erwin Elementary School from 1956 to 1963, before enrolling at Huntington High School, where she graduated in 1968. She went on to receive her B.S. (1972) and her M.S. (1974) in English Education from Hampton University. In 1990, she earned her Ed.D. from the University of Virginia. Dr. Bristow taught English at many high schools and universities in the Hampton Roads area. Community activism is very important to Dr. Bristow. She started a community business called BERNICE, Better Education Resources Needed in Community Education. Dr. Bristow also volunteers at local elementary schools to help children with reading.

-Interview and biographical information recorded in 2015.