The Martyr Who Paved The Way For The Civil Rights Movement.
Dr. Florence Alexander is President of Ebon Research Systems, LLC, a management consultant firm she started in 1970. Following her two years at West Virginia State College (a land grant Historical Black College and University (HBCU), she transferred to The Ohio State University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Her Master of Science Degree was awarded in the areas of Administration and Nursing from the Catholic University. She received a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in the fields of Human Development Education, Research and Evaluation. Her academic achievements were recognized with top honors from her Alma Matas.
Dr. Alexander began her business career in the basement of her home with only a manual typewriter while a single mom rearing her young son. Overcoming many hurdles of racism, sexism and “bullying”, she drew on her inner strength and internalized a standard of excellence in reaching seemingly impossible goals. Ebon Research Systems employed in excess of 1,200 full-time staff and grossed more than $417 million dollars in sales in its first twenty-four years. Dr. Alexander’s entrepreneurial journey has taken her into the minefields of Federal government contracting and through the challenging terrain of pursuing education. During her formative years, Florence experienced separate facilities for whites and Negroes, similar to the Moores. From the first to the twelfth grades, she used second hand books in segregated schools. Seeking a terminal degree, she recalls that upon entering the University of Maryland her Major Professor and Head of the Department said to her: “I do not believe in women in higher education.” She responded: “This is a new experience for me; I am so accustomed to being discriminated against because I am black, I am sure I can handle sexism.” Dr. Alexander lived to witness that same professor tell the University of Maryland Dissertation Review Committee comprised of 15 white Ph.D.’s: “This is the finest dissertation I have had the pleasure of evaluating during my many years at the University of Maryland.” To give back to society, she and her husband founded the Ebon International Preparatory Academy with 17 buildings on 44 acres in Forsyth, Georgia for disenfranchised youth.
Dr. Alexander is an accomplished author. One of her earlier published books, Blacks in the Westward Movement, was written for a Federal contract awarded to her firm Ebon Research Systems by the Smithsonian Institution in 1974. The book was an integral part of a Smithsonian Institution traveling museum project featuring contributions of Blacks in America. She authored Women in the Army…Improved Race Relations in the U.S. Army: Baseline Information on Minority Careers and Racial Harmony in the United States and the Study of the Advisory Committees for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights for the Federal government. Among her books written about historical figures are: A Woman Who Dared to Be Somebody and Dare to Be A Success Business Woman Who Beat the Odds(autobiographies of Dr. Florence Alexander), Mary McLeod Bethune, Her Own Works of Inspirationsand the following biographical children’s books written in English and Spanish: Martin Luther King, Jr., Roberto Clemente, Cesar Chavez and Mary McLeod Bethune. Her children’s books were converted into talking books so they would accessible to the blind. Her health-related books and papers include: Health Policy and Planning in the Urban Community, National Health Care Crisis: Its Impact in the District of Columbia and Possible Solutions, The Three A’s Authorization, Allocation and Appropriation Regarding Sickle Cell Disease Federal Funding, Training Neighborhood Health Aides and Variables Associated with the Participation of a Group of Nonwhite Mothers in a Selected Health Department Birth Control Program.
She has been received more than 50 awards including the Federal Woman’s Award, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Drug Major for Justice, Entrepreneur of the Year, Kennedy Space Center Small Business of the Year, Who’s Who International, Madame C. J. Walker Award, Atlanta Business League Woman of the Year, National 4-H Award, Toastmasters International Communications Leadership Award, SBA Minority-woman Owned Business of the Year and the Distinguished Alumnus from The Ohio State University.
Dr. Alexander was the first African American to serve as a Florida Elector. She is a charter member of the Senatorial Inner Circle.
Her community and professional activities are numerous. Dr. Alexander serves on the Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Board in Mims, Florida. She is a life member of the NAACP, National Urban League, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and National Council of Negro Women. She is a Board member of the National Congress of Negro Women founded by U.S. Representative Shirley Chisholm. Past and present memberships include: American Educational Research Association, American Nurses Association, American Public Health Association, Business and Professional Women’s Club and various Chambers of Commerce.
Her immediate family includes her husband, Dr. Stanley Alexander, daughter Michelle Alexander, M.D., and two sons: Nathan Arthur Hicks, III and Stanley Alexander Jr. She has seven grandchildren