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Dr. Emma Rhodes

One of 16 children, a high school dropout, married and at age 16 a mother of the first of six children, Dr. Emma Rhodes broke the cycle of becoming a victim.

At the age of 24, Dr. Rhodes worked to obtain her GED while still caring for a growing family. She then attended a commercial business college in Little Rock and got a job as a secretary at Philander Smith College, working at the college during the day and attending classes at night.

Although she was widowed at 29, Dr. Rhodes continued her education and received a bachelor’s degree in education in 1972. She then went to work as a business education instructor for the Education Department, pursuing advance degrees at nights and in the summers. She won her doctorate in education from the University of Arkansas in 1987. She became the statewide coordinator of adult education in for the Arkansas Department of Education 1988.

Because of her ability to overcome odds, Dr. Rhodes has been recognized by several organizations and is the recipient of various honors. She has been recognized by Arkansas Times as an Arkansas Hero and by Arkansas Business as one of ‘The Top 100 Women in Arkansas,’ featured in ‘The Looking Glass’ a special on Black Achievers in Arkansas and has also been featured in Parade Magazine, a news medium serving between 70 and 80 million readers nationwide.

An accomplished writer of three motivational books, Dr. Rhodes is also currently the owner/manager and director of Dr. Emma Kelly Rhodes Education and Multi-purpose Center, the Brite-Rite Laundromat, Inc. and the Emma Rhodes Payment Center, all located in Little Rock, Arkansas.