Maxine Mimms, born in Virginia, March 4, 1928, she earned her B.A from Virginia Union University in 1950, and began working with communities in Detroit earning her Ph.D. in education administration from Union Graduate School. In 1953, Maxine worked in Seattle Public Schools and with the Seattle Public School Administration. Ms. Mimms’ assisted the director of the Women’s Bureau in the U.S. Department of Labor and returned to education in 1972 as faculty at Evergreen State College. Here Maxine truly dedicated herself to serving the education needs of urban, African American adult learners, and inner-city adults. These founding principles led to the establishment of the Evergreen-Tacoma campus in 1982. After retiring, she helped form a non-profit in Tacoma serving expelled or suspended youth. On January 13, 2017, she received the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award.