Photo of Goldie Ivory



When Goldie Ivory was born in 1926, it is safe to assume that no one could have imagined the number of firsts she would be part of and paths she would blaze. After graduating from Central High School, Goldie attended Indiana University, Bloomington, where she earned a B.S. degree in Social Service. While at IU, Goldie was an active member of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority, serving as Vice President during her senior year.

Upon returning to South Bend, Goldie worked as a County Probation officer before returning to graduate school at the University of Notre Dame. In 1956, Goldie earned an M.S. in Sociology, becoming the first African American women to graduate from the university. Goldie continued her trailblazing by being the first African American woman to serve on the Indiana Women’s Parole Board and to work in administration for the Elkhart Community Schools.

Goldie committed herself to helping others overcome racism by serving as one of 50 national representatives on the YWCA initial training program to attack racism. Goldie was dedicated to helping provide opportunities for African Americans in the area by helping to found The South Bend Area (IN) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated.

  • First African American woman to graduate from University of Notre Dame
  • First African American woman to serve on the Indiana Women’s Prison Parole Board
  • First African American woman in Administration for the Elkhart Community Schools
  • YWCA Initial Training Program to attack racism
  • Delta Sigma Theta sorority
  • Member, Kappa Phi
  • Founding member, The South Bend Area (IN) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated

Information compiled from “Handbook of Profiles in the Contemporary Black History of South Bend,” obituary, “Arbutus” yearbook of Indiana University, website for the South Bend division of The Links, Incorporated