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Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
State Senator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
All Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere
Favorite Quote:
Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never has, and it never will.

Birthplace

Born:
6/20/1939
Birth Location:
Indianapolis, Indiana

Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
State Senator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
All Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere
Favorite Quote:
Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never has, and it never will.

Birthplace

Born:
6/20/1939
Birth Location:
Indianapolis
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Biography

Alice J. Palmer was born on June 20, 1939, in Indianapolis, Indiana. The daughter of Erskine and Mary Ward Roberts, Palmer graduated from high school at age sixteen and enrolled at Indiana University. After an extended leave of absence, Palmer returned to Indiana University to earn her Bachelors degree with the help of four jobs and a scholarship.

After graduating in 1965, Palmer found a teaching position in Indianapolis, Indiana, but soon moved to Chicago to work at Crane Junior College, later called Malcolm X College. She received her Masters degree from Roosevelt University and her Ph.D. from Northwestern University, where she co-authored two books and tutored in the Black House. Palmer remained at Northwestern University to serve as Associate Dean and Director of African American Student Affairs for the next five years. Palmer served as the National Voter Education Director for a national citizen action organization before becoming the founding director of the Metro YMCA Youth and Government Program in 1986. She also served as Executive Director of Chicago Cities in Schools.

On June 6, 1991, Palmer replaced Richard Newhouse in the Illinois Senate, where she served until 1996. While in office, Palmer served on the Appropriations II Committee, among many others. Palmer was replaced by Barack Obama in the state senate. In 1996, Palmer was hired by the University of Illinois at Chicago as an Associate Professor in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs.

Palmer was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on June 9, 2000.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Alice Palmer recalls her election to political office
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Alice Palmer's favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Alice Palmer details her family history in Boston and Indianapolis
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Alice Palmer discusses her family's connections to Madame C.J. Walker
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Alice Palmer recalls her grandfather's medical practice in Indianapolis
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Alice Palmer remembers her parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Alice Palmer shares memories from her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Alice Palmer details her early education focused on black acheivement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Alice Palmer reflects on her education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Alice Palmer recalls her college prospects
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Alice Palmer recounts balancing marriage, motherhood, and her education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Alice Palmer details her career development
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Alice Palmer details her participation in Illinois state politics
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Alice Palmer discusses diversity in the Illinois state Senate
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Alice Palmer considers the responsibilities of black legislators
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Alice Palmer evaluates the contributions of African Americans in the Illinois General Assembly
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Alice Palmer remembers inspirational figures
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Alice Palmer discusses African Americans and internationalism
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Alice Palmer details the work of the People Program
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Alice Palmer considers her legacy