Black Excellence: 30 Black Hoosier Profiles – Dora Atkinson Blackburn

Contributed by: Educator Barnes

March 10, 2023

Black Excellence: 30 Black Hoosier Profiles is a series highlighting notable Black Hoosiers. For the purposes of this series, the Black people featured were either born in Indiana or made Indiana their home for some portion of time after being born somewhere else.


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  • Educator Barnes is a married mother of identical twin boys. She is currently a middle school academic dean and CEO and co-founder of Barnes Brothers Books, LLC, a publishing company with a focus on producing diverse books for all readers. Previously, she has served as an English teacher, English learners teacher, literacy coach, college instructor, and librarian. She is also an education writer and editor-in-chief for Indy K12, hosts the podcast Brazen Education, and moderates Indianapolis Recorder’s EdGems. In her spare time, she is an urban gardener and writes about her harvest to table journey at Go to to learn more.