Selena Sloan Butler was an educator, child welfare advocate, and community leader. Throughout her life, Butler was active in many civic and service organizations, among them the American Red Cross, the Georgia Commission on Interracial Cooperation, and the Phyllis Wheatley branch of the Young Women's Christian Association. An organizer of the Atlanta Women's Club and Atlanta's Ruth Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, she also published "The Woman's Advocate," a monthly paper devoted to the concerns and interests of African American women.
Butler's most notable work involved founding and leading the nation's and state's first black parent-teacher associations. She was instrumental in establishing the Georgia Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers and the National Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers (NCCPT), the latter in 1926. In recognition of her achievements, President Herbert Hoover invited Butler to work on his White House Conference on Child Health and Protection. From 1920-1930, Selena Sloan Butler served on the Committee on Infant and Pre-School Children.
In 1970, the National Congress of Parents and Teachers (National PTA) and the National Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers (NCCPT) merged to serve all children.
"Among the important questions today is the need of day nurseries...where children of parents...obliged to earn a living...may receive good and wholesome influences."
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