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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Education Administrator
Elementary School Teacher

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Vegetables
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Africa
Favorite Quote:
Hate cannot drive away hate; only love can, and darkness cannot drive away darkness; only light can.

Birthplace

Born:
11/27/1925
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Education Administrator
Elementary School Teacher

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Vegetables
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Africa
Favorite Quote:
Hate cannot drive away hate; only love can, and darkness cannot drive away darkness; only light can.

Birthplace

Born:
11/27/1925
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Educator Adelaide L. Sanford was born in Brooklyn on November 27, 1925. Sanford studied at Brooklyn College, where she earned her B.Ed. degree in 1947; she received her M.Ed. degree from Wellesley College three years later. From 1950 to 1965, Sanford taught in New York's elementary schools, before being hired as an assistant principal. Sanford earned her Ph.D. degree from Fordham University in 1967, and later became principal at Crispus Attucks School in Brooklyn, earning an outstanding reputation for promoting excellence and achievement at an inner-city school.

In 1986, Sanford won unanimous election to the Board of Regents of the State University of New York. As chairperson of the Regents' Committee on Low Performing Schools, Sanford played an instrumental role in shaping new educational policies that sought to close the gap among schools in student performance. Though outspoken and known for her African-style dress and Ebonics commentary, Sanford never wavered in her concern for the welfare of New York's students, particularly those at low-performing schools. While serving as a regent, Sanford also taught at Baruch College and Fordham University.

Many honors and awards were bestowed upon Sanford for her work; she received the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's humanitarian award, and distinguished alumna awards from Wellesley College and Brooklyn College. Sanford played an instrumental role in creating the John Henrick Clark meetinghouse. Sanford also served on the board of the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, and as a national advisory board for multicultural education. Sanford and her husband, Jay, were married in 1955; the couple raised two children.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Adelaide Sanford interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Adelaide Sanford's favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Adelaide Sanford remembers her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Adelaide Sanford's mother is diagnosed with cancer
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Adelaide Sanford speaks of family struggles
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Adelaide Sandford details her mother's upbringing in Vicksburg, Mississippi
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Adelaide Sanford discusses her parents courtship and marriage.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Adelaide Sanford shares her mothers philosophy of marriage
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Adelaide Sanford's husband's name
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Adelaide Sanford describes her father's life struggles as a black man
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Adelaide Sanford speaks of her father's experience in France in WWI
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Adelaide Sanford remembers the warmth and openness of her childhood home
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Adelaide Sanford details the difference
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Adelaide Sanford remembers the Bedford Stuyvesant of her youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Adelaide Sanford recalls her grandmother's life as a slave
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Adelaide Sanford discusses her Nigerian ancestry
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Adelaide Sanford tells the heart-breaking story of her aunt's forced sterilization at age 14
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Adelaide Sanford remembers her loving Aunt Florence
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Adelaide Sanford speaks of the abuse of black women by medical doctors
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Adelaide Sanford notes her grandfather's life during and after slavery
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Adelaide Sanford details her education, secondary and post-secondary
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Adelaide Sanford details her undergraduate and graduate education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Adelaide Sanford recalls the years of discrimination during her school years
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Adelaide Sanford discusses how segregation fostered a rich black cultural life
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Adelaide Sanford clears up a misconception about her birthplace
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Adelaide Sanford recalls a harrowing childhood roadtrip to Vicksburg, Mississippi
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Adelaide Sanford gives more detail about the childhood roadtrip accident
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Adelaide Sanford discusses the profundity of the roadtrip experience
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Adelaide Sanford talks about her first teaching position
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Adelaide Sanford continues with her teaching experience at Crispus Attucks School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Adelaide Sanford refuses to apologize to fellow teachers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Adelaide Sanford details how she became principal of Crispus Attucks School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Adelaide Sanford discusses her involvement in contract comliance legislation in New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Adelaide Sanford gives more detail on the Crispus Attucks School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 13 - Adelaide Sanford recalls the impetus behind her becoming principal
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Adelaide Sanford details the social an political pressures in her school district in the 1960s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Adelaide Sanford discusses the Ocean Hill-Brownsville controversy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Adelaide Sanford reveals the circumstances which led her into school administration
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Adelaide Sanford describes how she became a New York Regent
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Adelaide Sanford reveals that she hasn't received her PhD
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Adelaide Sanford details the influences on her educational philosophy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Adelaide Sanford shares her frustrations of being New York Regent
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Adelaide Sanford describes her thoughts on the term 'Afrocentrism'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Adelaide Sanford defines what home is to her
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Adelaide Sanford wants to see truth taught in American schools
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Adelaide Sanford reminisces about her childhood friend, Shirley Chisholm
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Adelaide Sanford articulates her philosphy on Ebonics
  • Tape: 4 Story: 13 - Adelaide Sanford shares stories of her travels to Egypt
  • Tape: 4 Story: 14 - Adelaide Sanford discusses her desire to see children travel to Africa
  • Tape: 4 Story: 15 - Adelaide Sanford stresses the importance of imparting knwledge of African history to children of African ancestry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 16 - Adelaide Sanford on her legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 17 - Adelaide Sanford unveils her courtship with her future husband
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Adelaide Sanford meets her future husband over a home-cooked meal
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Adelaide Sanford talks about her adult children
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Adelaide Sanford wants to be remembered as being responsible for children
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Adelaide Sanford has hope
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Photo- Luvenia WIlliams
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Photo-Peyton Williams
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Photo-Sulir and Henry Hines
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Photo-The Sanford Family, 1960
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Photo-The Sanford Family 1984
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Photo- Adelaide Sanford in Ghana
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Photo-Adelaide Sanford with fellow educators
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Photo- Adelaide Sanford and Bishop Tutu
  • Tape: 5 Story: 13 - Photo-Adelaide Sanford with Regent Carson and Commissioner Trayman
  • Tape: 5 Story: 14 - Photo- New York Board of Regents portrait
  • Tape: 5 Story: 15 - Photos- Adelaide Sanford and Toni Morrison
  • Tape: 5 Story: 16 - Photo-Adelaide Sanford in Cape Town, South Africa
  • Tape: 5 Story: 17 - Photo- Adelaide Sanford at her Kwanzaa ceremony
  • Tape: 5 Story: 18 - Photo-Adelaide Sanford
  • Tape: 5 Story: 19 - Photo-Adelaide Sanford