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Charlie Mae Littlejohn was born in Arkansas but moved to Arvin when she was young and attended school through the Arvin School District. At Arvin High she was one of a very few black students, but was elected head cheerleader by the students
Mrs. Littlejohn worked chopping cotton and other farm work in the fields of Arvin, and soon decided she did not want that for the rest of her life. She saved her $1 an hour until she had enough to pay for books for one year at BC, then earned a scholarship for the second.
She immediately became a student worker in the Business Ed department, and upon graduation, worked in Admissions and records and eventually became the English department assistant, where she was beloved and obeyed for 43 years and was known for her genuine smile and the love she had for her family.
Charlie May Littlejohn was the first African American employee to be hired full time, and the first employee of BC to serve for 43 years.
Charlie Mae is an alum who graduated and went to work for BC immediately. She was the long time, much loved secretary in the English Department. She is well known in the community and currently leads an exercise class for seniors at Martin Luther King Center. She has been very supportive of BC and, after retiring, has come in to the Archives to help identify photos. Her husband, Ron Littlejohn, is also an alum and has done photography for college events.
-- Jerry Ludeke