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Alice Windom

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Social Worker

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Africa
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
3/30/1936
Birth Location:
St. Louis, Missouri

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Social Worker

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Africa
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
3/30/1936
Birth Location:
St. Louis
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Biography

Social worker Alice Mary Windom was born on March 30, 1936, in St. Louis, Missouri to Frances Louise Jones Windom and Dr. John Henry Windom. Windom is from a family of educators. Her grandfather, Christopher Columbus Jones, was Southern Illinois University’s first African American student. Windom’s parents met at the University of Illinois and raised their daughter on African American college campuses at Albany State College and Prairie View A&M University. She attended Prairie View Training School in Texas and Cote Brilliante Elementary School in St. Louis. Windom graduated from Sumner High School in 1953. Offered half tuition at Central State University (CSU) in Wilberforce, Ohio, Windom was exposed to African American historian and school president Dr. Charles Wesley and lectures by Thurgood Marshall, J.A. Rogers and others. She started and organized a successful sit-in of Xenia, Ohio’s Geyer’s Restaurant in 1957. Graduating that year with her B.S. degree in social work, Windom went on to earn her M.S.W. degree from the University of Chicago in 1959.

From June 1958 to August of 1962, Windom worked as a social worker and as a child welfare worker for the State of Illinois Department of Mental Health Division of Family and Children’s Services. From 1962 to 1964, Windom made a decision to live and work in Ghana, West Africa. Working as a secondary school teacher and secretary to the Ethiopian Ambassador, Windom was a part of an historic group of diverse African American expatriates in Ghana which included John Henrik Clarke, Maya Angelou, Curtis “Kojo” Morrow and the elder W.E.B. DuBois. In 1964, Windom helped plan the itinerary for Malcolm X’s trip to Ghana and served as administrative assistant for the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa from 1964 to 1968, organizing international conferences in seven countries. From 1969 to 1972, Windom was a social welfare organizer for the Department of Social Welfare in Lusaka, Zambia. In the United States, she served as director of social services for the St. Louis Medium Security Institution from 1973 to 1974. In 1977, Windom sued the City of St. Louis for racial and sexual discrimination and the denial of free speech.

Known for her many well-documented excursions to the African world, Windom served as coordinator for the James T. Bush Center at the University of Missouri-St. Louis; initiating research and workshops in employment, education, housing, and law. A sought after lecturer, Windom is a member of a number of organizations including the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilization and the African Heritage Studies Association.

Alice Mary Windom lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

Alice Mary Windom was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on December 19, 2006.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Alice Windom's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Alice Windom lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Alice Windom describes her maternal great-grandparents and grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Alice Windom describes her maternal grandfather and his family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Alice Windom talks about the St. Louis World's Fair of 1904
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Alice Windom talks about her mother's childhood, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Alice Windom talks about her mother's childhood, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Alice Windom describes where and when her father was born
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Alice Windom describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Alice Windom describes why her parents were married twice
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Alice Windom shares her earliest childhood memories, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Alice Windom shares her earliest childhood memories, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Alice Windom remembers being molested by a neighborhood teenager when she was four years old
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Alice Windom describes her family's move to Prairie View, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Alice Windom describes the sights, sounds, and smells of her childhood in Prairie View, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Alice Windom recalls her experience at Prairie View Training School in Prairie View Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Alice Windom recalls her experiences with nature and animals in Prairie View, Texas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Alice Windom recalls an encounter with snakes in her family's victory garden
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Alice Windom talks about the dirt roads in Prairie View, Texas and tricking her younger brother
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Alice Windom describes her childhood personality
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Alice Windom recalls reading about lynchings in the Pittsburgh Courier and the Chicago Defender
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Alice Windom describes her understanding of African American history in grade school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Alice Windom remembers her teachers at Prairie View Training School in Prairie View, Texas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Alice Windom describes her family's move back to St. Louis after her father received his Ph.D.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Alice Windom recalls learning about the death of President Franklin Roosevelt and the existence of concentration camps
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Alice Windom talks about her family's lack of belief in religion, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Alice Windom talks about her family's lack of belief in religion, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Alice Windom remembers living with her grandparents in Edwardsville, Illinois after leaving Prairie View, Texas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Alice Windom describes her experience at Cote Brilliante Elementary School in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Alice Windom describes graduating from Cote Brilliante Elementary School in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Alice Windom talks about her teachers at Sumner High School in St. Louis, Missouri, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Alice Windom talks about her teachers at Sumner High School in St. Louis, Missouri, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Alice Windom describes her decision to enroll at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Alice Windom shares her experience at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Alice Windom recalls the history and surroundings of Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Alice Windom recalls her Civil Rights activism with CORE in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Alice Windom describes leading sit-ins at Geyer's Restaurant in Xenia, Ohio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Alice Windom talks about her professors at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Alice Windom recalls one of the outcomes of her protests at Geyer's Restaurant in Xenia, Ohio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Alice Windom describes her experience working for Belva Manufacturing Company in St. Louis, Missouri after high school
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Alice Windom talks about getting treated for an ovarian cyst and the scarcity of jobs in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Alice Windom talks about her recurring summer job at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio during college
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Alice Windom talks about the housing and campus life at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Alice Windom describes planning to attend graduate school and her father's death
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Second slating of Alice Windom's interview
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Alice Windom describes enrolling at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Alice Windom describes the lack of understanding of the African American community at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Alice Windom recalls her graduate school fieldwork supervisor and graduating from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Alice Windom recalls conducting adoption home studies for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Alice Windom talks about Ishmael Flory and the black Communists within the African American Heritage Association in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Alice Windom talks about the Washington Park Forum and F.H. Hammurabi's House of Knowledge
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Alice Windom talks about her association with the Nation of Islam through Christine Johnson and E. U. Essien-Udom
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Alice Windom recalls a meeting where she defended the Nation of Islam to the Chatham and Avalon Park neighborhoods of Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Alice Windom describes her political education in Chicago, Illinois and meeting Malcolm X for the first time
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Alice Windom remembers E.U. Essien-Udom and the Pan African Students Organization of the Americas
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Alice Windom recalls celebrating the independence of Ghana in 1957 and Nigeria in 1960
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Alice Windom describes traveling to New York City and London, England on the way to Ghana in 1962
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Alice Windom describes her experience in London, England while moving to Ghana in 1962
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Alice Windom describes arriving in Accra, Ghana from London, England in 1962
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Alice Windom describes her experience teaching English at O'Reilly Secondary High School in Accra, Ghana
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Alice Windom describes her experience teaching history at O'Reilly Secondary High School in Accra, Ghana
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Alice Windom shares her impression of Kwame Nkrumah's leadership in Accra, Ghana
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Alice Windom recalls factors leading to the collapse of Kwame Nkrumah's government in Ghana
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Alice Windom talks about the foreign black community in Accra, Ghana
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Alice Windom recalls her experience in Ghana with HistoryMaker Maya Angelou
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Alice Windom recalls Malcom X's visit to Ghana in 1964, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Alice Windom recalls Malcom X's visit to Ghana in 1964, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Alice Windom talks about her friend, writer and actor Julian Mayfield
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Alice Windom talks about her interactions with HistoryMaker Maya Angelou and W.E.B. DuBois
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Alice Windom talks about Dr. Alphaeus Hunton and the Encyclopedia Africana
  • Tape: 8 Story: 10 - Alice Windom remembers Malcom X's return to the United States from Ghana and the famous photograph she took of him
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Alice Windom recalls moving to Ethiopia in 1964 and meeting with Malcolm X again
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Alice Windom describes her experience working with the United Nations in Ethiopia under Emperor Haile Selassie, pt. 1
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Alice Windom describes her experience working with the United Nations in Ethiopia under Emperor Haile Selassie, pt. 2
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Alice Windom describes traveling through Asia in 1969
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Alice Windom describes her experience in Zambia under President Kenneth Kaunda
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Alice Windom describes reuniting with Pamela Nomveta, her former boss's daughter, in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1996
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Alice Windom describes the sexual discrimination lawsuit she filed against the City of St. Louis in 1977
  • Tape: 10 Story: 1 - Final slating of Alice Windom's interview
  • Tape: 10 Story: 2 - Alice Windom talks about Robert L. Williams and the Institute of Black Studies in St. Louis, Missouri, pt. 1
  • Tape: 10 Story: 3 - Alice Windom talks about Robert L. Williams and the Institute of Black Studies in St. Louis, Missouri, pt. 2
  • Tape: 10 Story: 4 - Alice Windom recalls her involvement in the movement to keep Homer G. Phillips Hospital open in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 10 Story: 5 - Alice Windom describes her visit to the Organization of African Unity Conference in 1975
  • Tape: 10 Story: 6 - Alice Windom describes Emily Maliwa's efforts to establish a Pan-African Research Council in 1975
  • Tape: 10 Story: 7 - Alice Windom talks about the treatment of African women by African governments
  • Tape: 10 Story: 8 - Alice Windom talks about meeting people from the United States during her visit to Kampala, Uganda in 1975
  • Tape: 10 Story: 9 - Alice Windom reflects on meeting her friend Emily Maliwa
  • Tape: 10 Story: 10 - Alice Windom describes her life in St. Louis, Missouri and working at the Union-Sarah Health Center
  • Tape: 11 Story: 1 - Alice Windom describes her work with the Yeatman/Union-Sarah Health Center in St. Louis, Missouri and Dr. Bobby E. Wright
  • Tape: 11 Story: 2 - Alice Windom describes working on a grant to start a mental health center in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 11 Story: 3 - Alice Windom recalls being hired by the Booker T. Washington Foundation in the 1980s
  • Tape: 11 Story: 4 - Alice Windom describes the decline of the Booker T. Washington Foundation
  • Tape: 11 Story: 5 - Alice Windom describes her experience with the Booker T. Washington Foundation and meeting Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson
  • Tape: 11 Story: 6 - Alice Windom describes being hired at the James T. Bush Center at the University of Missouri in St. Louis, Missouri in 1987
  • Tape: 11 Story: 7 - Alice Windom recalls her travels to Mexico with Dr. Ivan van Sertima in 1984
  • Tape: 11 Story: 8 - Alice Windom describes her experience of traveling to Egypt with the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations (ASCAC) in 1987, pt. 1
  • Tape: 11 Story: 9 - Alice Windom describes her experience of traveling to Egypt with the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations (ASCAC) in 1987, pt. 2
  • Tape: 12 Story: 1 - Alice Windom talks about scholars of African culture, including Sylvia Ardyn Boone
  • Tape: 12 Story: 2 - Alice Windom talks about scholar Sylvia Ardyn Boone
  • Tape: 12 Story: 3 - Alice Windom talks about the role of women in Islamic and non-Islamic African cultures
  • Tape: 12 Story: 4 - Alice Windom talks about her depression and the lack of progress she saw for the African American community
  • Tape: 12 Story: 5 - Alice Windom talks about retiring from the James T. Bush Center at the University of Missouri, St. Louis
  • Tape: 12 Story: 6 - Alice Windom talks about the fire that destroyed her home library
  • Tape: 12 Story: 7 - Alice Windom talks about the Olmec heads found in Mexico with African features
  • Tape: 13 Story: 1 - Alice Windom describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 13 Story: 2 - Alice Windom reflects on what she would change about her life
  • Tape: 13 Story: 3 - Alice Windom reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 13 Story: 4 - Alice Windom talks about her family
  • Tape: 13 Story: 5 - Alice Windom describes how she would like to be remembered