THE HONERABLE ESTHER HAYWOOD
For over 40 years Esther Haywood has been a civil rights and social justice advocate in her community. Haywood is currently President of the St. Louis County NAACP, where under her leadership the Branch has experienced record-breaking success. A native of Arlington Tennessee, Haywood was one of five African American teachers to integrate the Shelby County, Tennessee Public School District. In 2000 Haywood was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives, where she served for 4 terms. In 2008 she retired due to term limits. In the Legislature Rep. Haywood established her self as a strong advocate for working families, higher education, financial literacy, greater access to the voting box, and a strong opponent of right to work legislation.
For over 30 years, Haywood taught in East St. Louis Public School District 189. For over 18 years, she served on the Normandy School District Board of Education, where she fought tirelessly to keep the District accredited and to recruit and retain quality teachers and administrators. Haywood is a charter Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., a member of the St. Louis Links, Forest Park Forever, A life Member of the NAACP, and longtime member of Murchison Tabernacle CME Church. A graduate of Barrett’s Chapel High School in Tennessee, Haywood attended Lincoln University and received a Bachelor of Science degree from Mississippi Industrial College. She completed Graduate Studies at Mississippi State University and St. Louis University.
Esther lives in St. Louis County Missouri, where she was married to Edward J. Haywood for over 55 years. Haywood has two daughters, six grandchildren, and one great grand child.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
Haywood is the recipient of several awards and recognitions from a host of Organizations from across the Country. Her awards include the Hill to Hill Award from Lincoln University, The Lifetime Achievement Award from AFT of District 189, NAACP National Youth Work Award, Legislator of the Year Award AT&T Missouri, Legislator of the Year award University of Missouri St. Louis, Unsung Heroine Award Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Missionary of the Year Award University of Missouri St. Louis, Women in Leadership Award for Civil Rights Urban League of Metro St. Louis, NAACP National Youth Work Award, National Parent’s Day Council Parents of the Year Award, The Ambassadors for Peace Award from the Universal Peace Federation, and a number of other awards and recognitions.