Barbara Elaine Talbert Jackson was a native Washingtonian and born on Saturday, December 25, 1937 as the second oldest of six siblings. She was named after her Mother Barbara Lee Duckett Talbert and much loved by her Father Wilbert Talbert, Sr. Her parents instilled in all their children to adhere to all of God’s principles, to maintain strong family values, a high regard for work ethics and achievement in educational excellence.
The Talbert home was a hub of activity, where neighborhood children came to get help with their studies from her mother, “Miss Barbara.” “Our family always valued education and while we may not have had luxuries, there was always the opportunity to study and learn,” a quote from Barbara’s reflection of her mother. Barbara life’s work and legacy was dedicated to the education of the future generations.
Gethsemane Baptist Church was the second home to Barbara in her youth. She was justified by the Spirit at the age of 8 and baptized by the founder, Reverend James T. Harvey. As an adult, she was a Sunday School Teacher and ultimately the Superintendent of Sunday School. As the Director of the New Members Class, she taught them foundational principles of Christendom, and the organizational structure of Gethsemane Baptist and shared her personal knowledge of its beginnings. She was a member of Tribe of Levi (formerly Unit 3) and a lifelong member of the Progressive Ministry. Her admired position in the church was that of Trustee Emeritus.
As one of Gethsemane’s representatives, she attended many, many annual and regional conferences of the Progressive National Baptist Convention (PNBC) and was highly respected for her devotion and thus, she became the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Nannie Helen Burroughs School.
Barbara Jackson was educated in the District of Columbia Public School system and was most proud to be called a Dunbar High School Graduate. Knowing she decided to become a teacher when she was in the third grade, she immediately attended “DC Teachers College.” Upon graduation, she began her teaching career in July 1959 in the DC Public Schools, later becoming an elementary school principal, a regional superintendent, and an interim vice superintendent in the District.
During her tenure as the interim vice superintendent, she became the first African American female international president of the Association of Curriculum and Development (ASCD). She officially retired as an Administrator in June 1995.
Continuing her quest for higher education, she received her master’s degree from Antioch School and her Ph.D. from Union Institute and University. Her thirst for teaching continued as an Adjunct Professor for several years at Nova University in Florida.
In 2008, Dr. Jackson had the prestigious honor to present and become a member of the Oxford Round Table, Oxford, England.
Dr. Jackson’s other educational and social memberships included:
- National Coalition of 100 Black Women, NOVA Chapter
- President, Association for Supervision Curriculum Development
- The Links, Inc.
- The Society, Inc.
- President, Board of Directors, Stoddard Baptist Nursing Home
- Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., Phi Sigma Chapter
On a personal note, Barbara met the love of her life, Charles, while matriculating at DC Teachers College and they were united in Holy Matrimony at Peoples Congregational Church on April 1, 1961. To this union was born Charles H. Jackson, Jr. on November 16, 1964. This love relationship lasted until Charles, Sr.’s death in July 1997.
Dr. Barbara Talbert Jackson quietly transitioned on Sunday`, May 30th. There will never be another like her. She had a warm dignified spirit and was an absolute joy. She leaves to mourn her passing two brothers, Pastor Charles A. Talbert (Ann) and Dr. Dale A. Talbert (Janie); sister-in-law, Mary E. Talbert; dearly beloved friend, Ethel Lee; nephew-son, Bishop Ronald Dale Talbert; godsons, Larry Talbert and Rev. Thomas E. Mitchell; grandson, Michael Pittman; a beloved and devoted son, Charles H. Talbert Jackson, D.Min., Ph.D.; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
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