Statement from the Urban League of Louisiana on the passing of Mrs. Millie M. Charles
We are deeply saddened by the passing of Mrs. Millie M. Charles.
Mrs. Charles was a pioneer in social work, an educator, and a social justice activist. In 1965, she established an undergraduate social work program at Southern University at New Orleans. Under her leadership, the program eventually grew into the fully-accredited Southern University School of Social Work offering Baccalaureate and Masters level degrees. Dean Charles, as she was affectionately known by many, led with distinction and was beloved by those who studied in the School of Social Work as well as those with whom she worked.
Dean Charles dedicated her life to advocating for those who could not advocate for themselves. She received numerous awards and accolades throughout her life, including an award presented by the Urban League of Louisiana for lifetime achievement, outstanding leadership and excellence in service in 2009.
As a champion of social work, it is no surprise that Dean Charles’ work intertwined with the mission of the Urban League of Louisiana. She served on the League’s Board of Directors during Clarence L. Barney’s tenure and was influential in helping propel the organization to new heights.
We send our prayers and condolences to Dean Charles’ family, friends, and colleagues and will forever cherish her contributions to the many lives she touched and the people she served.