SOUTH EASTON — Superintendent Luis Lopes, Principal Leslie Weckesser and Vocational Supervisor Mary Kobey are pleased to share that Southeastern cosmetology students heard from special guest Sandra Bronson who visited the school on Friday, Feb. 25.
Bronson’s grandmother Elizabeth Newton founded La Newton School of Beauty Culture in 1949. It was one of the first black-owned businesses to open in Dorchester.
Newton’s philanthropy and entrepreneurship encouraged education and careers in black beauty culture, and that commitment to the community was passed down to Bronson, who is the oldest living instructor from the original beauty school.
Bronson visited students in the cosmetology program in honor of Black History Month in February. She talked about her experiences and training, and that of her grandmother. She also answered questions from students.
The dedication and legacy by Newton has helped to pave the way for black cosmetology educators like Briana Brown, who is one of the first educators of color in the high school cosmetology department at Southeastern. Among the next generation of cosmetologists Brown is helping to teach is sophomore Rhema Heywood, Bronson’s granddaughter.
“Ms. Newton’s achievements and impact on cosmetology education in the area is an inspiration for our cosmetology students, and it was a wonderful opportunity for them to hear from Ms. Bronson, who carried on her family’s legacy,” Principal Weckesser said. “We are grateful to Ms. Bronson for visiting with our students who are the future of the cosmetology industry.”