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Angeles Echols

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Education Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Greens (Collard), Cornbread
Favorite Time of Year:
Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Late Night Service At Church
Favorite Quote:
God Is Good All the Time.

Birthplace

Born:
1/11/1957
Birth Location:
Memphis, Tennessee

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Education Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Greens (Collard), Cornbread
Favorite Time of Year:
Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Late Night Service At Church
Favorite Quote:
God Is Good All the Time.

Birthplace

Born:
1/11/1957
Birth Location:
Memphis
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Biography

Angeles LaRose Patricia Echols was born January 11, 1957, in Memphis, Tennessee, to Will Eva Harmon Echols and J.D. Echols. Echols attended Georgia Elementary School, Hamilton Middle School, and graduated from Hamilton High School in 1975. A singer actress, model, and dancer, Echols, who performed in Erma Clayton’s An Evening of Soul review in Memphis, was awarded $5,000 by Willard Straight Hall to produce the show for Cornell University. Echols earned her B.A. degree in psychology from Cornell University in 1979, and also completed a one-year graduate program at Cornell in Arts and Sciences. At the time of her interview, Echols was preparing for a Ph.D. program in Education and Child Development and Human Development.

From 1980 to 1989, Echols worked in a variety of social service and educational programs that included the Harvard University Upward Bound Program; Alexander Berger Junior High School #139 in Bronx, New York; Holy Name Multipurpose Center, Memphis; and Hale House, New York City. During that time period, Echols also landed acting and modeling jobs. In 1987, Echols was cast in the off Broadway production of Staggerlee; in 1989, she moved to Los Angeles and was cast in the film She Knows Too Much, and became artistic program director of the Parks Arts Program in Pasadena, California. That same year, Echols began tutoring two children after school in her own apartment. As her program began to grow, Echols founded Educating Young Minds (EYM). From 1990 to 1994, Echols taught math and English at Trinity Lutheran School in Los Angeles, and film history at Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga. In 1994, Echols made EYM her full-time work; working cooperatively with the Los Angeles Unified School District, EYM eventually would provide an attractive learning environment for 350 inner city youth, from kindergarten through high school.

Echols has been the recipient of numerous honors. In 2003, Echols was selected as part of the President’s Council of Cornell Women. Echols received the 2003 PRISM Award in education from Minorities in Business magazine; KTLA’s “Unsung Heroes Award”; ACT 1’s Angel of Education Award; Crenshaw Christian Center’s Lifetime Achievement Award; Oscar Joel Bryant’s Community Humanitarian Award; the Jackie Robinson and United Way’s Community Service Awards. Other awards from Yvonne Braithwaite-Burke, the City of Los Angeles, the California State Assembly and the United States Senate speak to the community support of Echols and EYM. In 2005, Echols portrayed the title character in Sojourner, a play about 19th century black activist Sojourner Truth.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Angeles Echols' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Angeles Echols lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Angeles Echols describes her mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Angeles Echols describes her mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Angeles Echols describes her half-brother and her parents' separation
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Angeles Echols describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Angeles Echols describes her mother's strength and her paternal family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Angeles Echols talks about reconnecting with her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Angeles Echols describes her likeness to her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Angeles Echols describes her earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Angeles Echols describes Memphis' Morning View Baptist Church
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Angeles Echols talks about her name
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Angeles Echols describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Angeles Echols describes herself as a young girl
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Angeles Echols describes her schools in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Angeles Echols describes herself as a student
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Angeles Echols recalls her drama activities in middle school and high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Angeles Echols recalls her decision to attend Cornell University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Angeles Echols remembers HistoryMaker Erma Clanton's play, 'An Evening of Soul'
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Angeles Echols describes her undergraduate experience at Cornell University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Angeles Echols describes her graduate studies in drama at Cornell University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Angeles Echols describes her early acting, modeling and teaching jobs
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Angeles Echols recalls her decision to move to California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Angeles Echols describes her initial experience in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Angeles Echols remembers unsatisfactory acting roles in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Angeles Echols recalls tutoring students in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Angeles Echols describes founding her tutoring program, Educating Young Minds
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Angeles Echols describes the Educating Young Minds program
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Angeles Echols describes the recruitment process at Educating Young Minds
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Angeles Echols describes the success rate at Educating Young Minds
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Angeles Echols describes challenges for Educating Young Minds
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Angeles Echols describes Educating Young Minds' facility in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Angeles Echols describes disciplinary measures at Educating Young Minds, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Angeles Echols describes disciplinary measures at Educating Young Minds, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Angeles Echols describes working with her students and staff at Educating Young Minds
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Angeles Echols recounts success stories at Educating Young Minds
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Angeles Echols reflects upon her commitment to Educating Young Minds
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Angeles Echols describes her vision for Educating Young Minds
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Angeles Echols describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Angeles Echols describes the cultural dimensions of Educating Young Minds
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Angeles Echols shares her thoughts about parents and educators working together
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Angeles Echols reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Angeles Echols talks about her family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Angeles Echols talks about expanding Educating Young Minds nationally
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Angeles Echols describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Angeles Echols narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Angeles Echols narrates her photographs, pt. 2