Dr. McAllister with her Ph.D. diploma from Columbia University. She was the first black woman to receive a doctorate from Columbia's Teachers College in 1929 and the sixth black woman overall to receive a Ph.D. in the world.

Dr. Jane: "For this I worked as a waitress, I walked dogs in the park studying, baby-sitting, etc., any job. The whole convent [where I worked] prayed for me; I studied alone, no group invited me, if they had I would have refused. I stood highest (I think if the professor was right) because I knew the technique of taking standardized tests--skip anything that puzzles you and full speed ahead."