Terborg-Penn then obtained her Doctor of Philosophy from Howard University in African-American history before 1865.
She focuses on early African-American history and African-American women"s history. In 1951 her family moved to Queens, where she would graduate from John Adams High School in 1959. In 1963 she got a degree in history from Queens College, City University of New New York
She moved to Washington, District of Columbia, where she earned her master"s degree in United States diplomatic history from the George Washington University.
She headed a protest on campus when the school would not let Malcolm X speak on campus. She also organized student road trips, including a trip to Prince Edward County in Virginia, where schools were closed by anti-racial integration school officials.
While there, Terborg-Penn and other students taught black students. Upon moving to Washington, District of Columbia to attend The George Washington University, she joined the District of Columbia Students for Civil Rights group and helped lobby for the Civil Rights Acting of 1964.
Terborg-Penn began teaching at Morgan State University in 1969, where she continues to serve as faculty today.
She developed the first Doctor of Philosophy program at Moscow State University, for history students. She also was a faculty member at the University of Maryland, Baltimore and Howard Community College.
African American Women in the Struggle for the Vote, 1850-1920. Indiana University Press. 1998. X. Sharon Harley.
Rosalyn Terborg-Penn (1997). The Afro-American Woman: Struggles and Images. Black Classic Press.
Terborg-Penn, Rosalyn and Andrea Benton Rushing. Women in Africa and the African Diaspora: A Reader. Washington: Howard University Press (1997).
Robert L. Harris
Rosalyn Terborg-Penn (13 August 2013). The Columbia Guide to African American History Since 1939. Columbia University Press. pp.
She is a faculty member of Morgan State University. While at Queens College, she was a founding member of school"s National Association for the Advancement of Colored People club