Dr Patricia Washington McGraw
oted Educator, Author and Humanitarian Dr. Patricia Washington McGraw is a retired University of Central Arkansas professor of English and African/African American Studies. Recognized for her outstanding achievements as an educational/civic leader and social advocate, she has received over 300 teaching excellence and community service awards on the local, state and national levels.
McGraw graduated from San Francisco State College in 1957 and received her master’s degree in special studies in American literature from the college in 1967. In 1982 she earned her Ph.D. in sociolinguistics and Black studies from Washington University in St. Louis. She graduated with honors from each institution.
Despite her status as a retired professor, McGraw remains an active force in her community and abroad. From 1983-1994 she owned and operated The McGraw Learning Institute: Abilities Unlimited, a private school for African-American children. She has served as a literary consultant to two youth groups and is an African storyteller at the Children’s Museum of Arkansas. She co-hosts the Sankofa Lecture Series on Comcast cable and is the creator of a one-woman show, A Profile of Four Black Women: Look Upon Them and Be Renewed, that has received rave reviews and has been performed over 400 times in Africa, the West Indies and Canada.
Dr. McGraw is a noted author having published seven books and more than 500 articles and works of poetry. Her most recent work is a novel titled Hush! Hush! Somebody?s Calling My Name.
Her work as a humanitarian has taken her to Africa seven times, having visited 18 countries on the continent. In 1999, on Lake Kivu, between the East African countries of Rwanda and the Republic of the Congo, members of the Rwandese Parliament presented an island to her. In West Africa, she is known as Nana Hemaa Akua Asantewaa, which translated means Queen Mother, born on Wednesday and great warrior.
Dr. McGraw serves as Queen Mother of Imani Temple, her spiritual affiliation, and has served on numerous boards, task forces and initiatives to make her community, her world, a better place to live.