Edouard E. Plummer

Edouard E. Plummer is a retired guidance counselor and teacher of mathematics and social studies at Wadleigh Secondary School in Harlem, NY. In 1964, Edouard initiated a rigorous program to prepare Wadleigh students to take the Secondary School Admission Test and be placed in prep schools across the United States. The Program was developed to identify minority students who demonstrated excellent academic potential and assist them in pursuing scholarships to prep schools throughout the country. Today, there are an estimated 10,000 similar programs similar to the WSP in New York City alone. Within these programs, many acknowledge the inspiration they found in Edouard’s original vision. A well respected and exemplary leader, Edouard was honored with the Use Your Life Award from Oprah Winfrey in June 2000. Edouard credits his success to tenacity, hard work, and passion for making a difference in the lives of students. He stated, “These children can be used as role models. Not only for the Harlem Community, but role models for the Harlems everywhere. I feel ten feet tall when these children come back to me. It shows me, tells me, it was worth every moment I spent with them.” Edouard complements this extraordinary profile with an equally inspiring level of academic attainment. He pursued and obtained a master’s degree in history from NYU. Although retired, he continues to maintain a dynamic profile within the community and is actively involved with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Dance Theatre of Harlem. In his spare time, Edouard’s interests include the arts, African American history, tennis, photography, and being with friends and family.

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