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KUSA - An 101-year-old educator was honored at a Cherry Creek Mall exhibit Saturday to commemorate the finale of Black History Month.

Dr. Marie L. Greenwood opened the door for other minority hires at Denver Public Schools when she became the first black teacher to receive permanent tenure in 1938.

Dr. Greenwood reflected on her life at DPS in a conversation with those who flocked to Cherry Creek Mall to see an exhibit remembering Denver's civil rights history.

The ME & THE DREAM Exhibit in the Grand Court of Cherry Creek Mall has been in place since Feb. 17 to commemorate Black History Month.

Dr. Greenwood recently wrote a book, "Every Child Can Learn," detailing the many challenges she faced during her 30 years of teaching.

The University of Northern Colorado honored Dr. Greenwood with the Trail Blazer Award in 1997. In 2001, a Denver Public School was named in her honor: Marie L. Greenwood K-8 School.

The exhibit at Cherry Creek Mall also honors other African-Americans who broke institutional barriers. Rare photos and memorabilia at the exhibit document events leading up to Colorado's recognition of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

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