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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Retail Entrepreneur
Florist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Orange
Favorite Food:
Shrimp
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Africa
Favorite Quote:
Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto You.

Birthplace

Born:
7/31/1947
Birth Location:
Ellenwood, Georgia

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Retail Entrepreneur
Florist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Orange
Favorite Food:
Shrimp
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Africa
Favorite Quote:
Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto You.

Birthplace

Born:
7/31/1947
Birth Location:
Ellenwood
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Biography

Prominent floral business owner Alice Mae White Bussey was born on July 31, 1947, in South DeKalb County, Georgia, the tenth of twelve children to Oscar Curtis White, Sr., a carpenter, and Eula Belle Shepard White, a homemaker. After graduating from high school, Bussey completed her B.A. degree in sociology at Los Angeles City College. Later, she completed her second B.A. degree in urban studies at Windsor College and her M.A. degree in public administration from Los Angeles City College.

A lifelong member of Poplar Springs Baptist Church, Bussey’s ancestors were among the founders of the church more than 135 years ago.

After completing undergraduate and graduate school in California and working concurrently for the United States Department of Labor, Bussey returned to Georgia to serve as the first Labor Department federal representative of the state. In that capacity, she managed millions of dollars, conducted investigations and developed programs for the elderly, welfare clients, and high school dropouts. Bussey was also the Federal Women's Program manager for the eight state, Southeastern Region. In 1985, Bussey became the first woman elected as president of the Atlanta Business League.

After her marriage to florist James Bussey, she began her career in the floral industry. Soon, she became the first African American FTD florist in Atlanta. Having helped create over twenty new businesses, Bussey is internationally known in the industry for training small business owners. Over a thirty-year period, Bussey’s florist has grown from a local retail operation to one that does business internationally. The Busseys have traveled extensively, developing business markets throughout the USA, Europe, and Africa. They were members of former Atlanta mayor Andrew Young’s historic trade mission to Jamaica, Trinadad and Tabago, and Barbados.

Bussey serves on the board of The International Florists Association (IFA), Georgia Council of Visitors, Atlanta Private Industry Council, and many others. She and her husband are the parents of three adult children and one grandchild. They reside in Decatur, Georgia.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Alice Bussey's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Alice Bussey lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Alice Bussey describes her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Alice Bussey describes her family in Ellenwood, Georgia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Alice Bussey describes her mother's side of the family, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Alice Bussey describes her mother's side of the family, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Alice Bussey describes her family reunions
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Alice Bussey describes her father
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Alice Bussey describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Alice Bussey remembers her childhood in Ellenwood, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Alice Bussey describes her family's values
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Alice Bussey describes her family history
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Alice Bussey describes the schools she attended
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Alice Bussey remembers her childhood activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Alice Bussey lists her siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Alice Bussey describes Poplar Springs Missionary Baptist Church
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Alice Bussey describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Alice Busse remembers the impact of her education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Alice Bussey describes her childhood aspiration to travel
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Alice Bussey remembers attending Hamilton High School in Scottdale, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Alice Bussey remembers the influence of Jennie Harlan and HistoryMaker Narvie Harris
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Alice Bussey remembers the curriculum at Hamilton High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Alice Bussey recalls the impact of her father's death
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Alice Bussey remembers President John Fitzgerald Kennedy's assassination and the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Alice Bussey describes her friendship with Coretta Scott King
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Alice Bussey reflects upon the Vietnam War and family values during the 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Alice Bussey recalls her college aspirations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Alice Bussey describes her time in college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Alice Bussey remembers meeting her husband in California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Alice Bussey describes working for the U.S. Department of Labor
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Alice Bussey describes her work in Georgia with the U.S. Department of Labor
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Alice Bussey describes expanding Bussey's Florist and Gifts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Alice Bussey recalls educating the public on the floral business
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Alice Bussey describes Bussey's Florist and Gifts receiving the FTD designation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Alice Bussey describes the importance of diversifying floral services
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Alice Bussey talks about professional societies for florists
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Alice Bussey describes the state of the floral service
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Alice Bussey describes the goals of Bussey's Florist and Gifts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Alice Bussey recalls her civic organizations
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Alice Bussey describe her role with the Concerned Black Clergy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Alice Bussey remembers her term as president of the Atlanta Business League
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Alice Bussey recalls a black trade mission with HistoryMaker Andrew Young
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Alice Bussey describes working with Opportunities Industrialization Centers of America
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Alice Bussey describes her work with the National Florist Association
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Alice Bussey describes her husband and children
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Alice Bussey talks about the importance of her community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Alice Bussey describes the importance of Bussey's Florist and Gifts
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Alice Bussey reflects upon her life, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Alice Bussey reflects upon her career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Alice Bussey shares her hopes for the future
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Alice Bussey reflects upon her life, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Alice Bussey describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Alice Bussey reflects upon the value of education
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Alice Bussey reflects upon the value of religion
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Alice Bussey describes the importance of the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Alice Bussey talks about her life and values
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Alice Bussey describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Alice Bussey shares lessons of her life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Alice Bussey talks about her family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Alice Bussey reflects upon her legacy