Floyd L. Logan

Sol Schoenbach
Dr. Ruth W. Hayre

Floyd Logan was the long-time president of the Educational Equality League, which he founded in 1932. Its purpose was to “obtain and safeguard educational opportunities for all peoples regardless of race, color, religion, or national origin.”

T he league primarily supported desegregation, for both students and teachers, in the Philadelphia public school system, as well as another famous, albeit private, Philadelphia educational institution—Girard College. Logan and his organization were instrumental in helping fellow Philadelphia Award winner Ruth Hayre obtain a secondary school teaching position in the district.

Hayre had passed the written exam but when she went before a panel of all-white school principals for the oral exam, she failed. Hayre and Logan challenged their decision and received permission for a retest with a racially mixed group of educators, which she passed.