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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Foundation Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Chocolate
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Mexico
Favorite Quote:
Play The Hand You're Dealt.

Birthplace

Born:
12/22/1947
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Foundation Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Chocolate
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Mexico
Favorite Quote:
Play The Hand You're Dealt.

Birthplace

Born:
12/22/1947
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Executive director and treasurer of the Field Foundation of Illinois, Inc., Aurie Alma Pennick was born December 22, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois. Her parents, Aurie Watts and Burrell Baines migrated from Alabama and Mississippi, respectively. Pennick attended William G. Beale Elementary School and graduated from Englewood High School in 1965. At the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), then called the Chicago Circle Campus, Pennick became politically active. She worked for the election of Chicago’s first black female alderman, Anna Langford; she worked on voting registration as a civil rights volunteer in Jackson, Mississippi; she was a member of the Friends of the Panthers group and learned African American history from Dr. John Porter’s Englewood School of Human Dignity. By 1970, Pennick was working as a caseworker for the State of Illinois. In 1971, she earned her B.A. degree in the administration of criminal justice from UIC followed by her M.A. degree in the administration of criminal justice in 1981 and a law degree from John Marshall Law School in 1986.

Pennick headed the Chicago Abused Women Coalition, which opened Chicago’s first battered women’s shelter and Citizens Alert, a criminal justice awareness organization. In 1983, Mayor Harold Washington appointed Pennick to the Chicago Police Board. A participant in the Chicago Community Trust Minority Fellowship Program, Pennick joined the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation as assistant director of Special Grants in 1984. In 1987, Pennick was managing attorney for the Chicago Transit Authority. From 1992 to 2002, she was president and CEO of the Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities, the nation’s oldest fair housing organization. Pennick was chosen as an official U.S. delegate to the Habitat II Global Conference on Cities held in Istanbul, Turkey in 1996. In 2002, she was appointed executive director and CEO of the Chicago- based Field Foundation, which provides support for community, civic and cultural organizations in the Chicago area.

Pennick is a founding board member of the Lake County Community Foundation; a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, the Economic Club of Chicago and sits on the board of trustees of the Field Museum of Chicago.

Pennick is the recipient of the Harold Washington Award for Distinguished Public Service from the Cook County Bar Association. She also was an Aspen Fellow in 2002 and garnered the Chicago Commission on Human Relations Award in 2003.

The mother of two children, Pennick lives in Grayslake, Illinois.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Aurie Pennick's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Aurie Pennick lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Aurie Pennick describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Aurie Pennick describes her mother's childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Aurie Pennick describes her father, Burrell Baines
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Aurie Pennick describes her parents' personalities and her likeness to them
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Aurie Pennick describes her mother's self-respect
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Aurie Pennick remembers interacting with her mother's white employers, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Aurie Pennick remembers interacting with her mother's white employers, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Aurie Pennick recalls attending Chicago's Bethel Lutheran Church of Englewood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Aurie Pennick describes her involvement at Bethel Lutheran Church of Englewood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Aurie Pennick describes her mother's community engagement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Aurie Pennick describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Aurie Pennick describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Aurie Pennick describes her childhood neighborhood of Englewood in Chicago
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Aurie Pennick recalls her time at William G. Beale Elementary School, pt.1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Aurie Pennick recalls her time at William G. Beale Elementary School, pt.2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Aurie Pennick recalls discrimination based on skin color at Englewood High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Aurie Pennick recalls becoming aware of discrimination based on skin color among African Americans
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Aurie Pennick describes her awareness of racism as a teenager
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Aurie Pennick recounts how her grandmother protected her aunt from a sheriff
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Aurie Pennick remembers her thoughts about the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Aurie Pennick recalls her marriage
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Aurie Pennick recalls coming of age during the Civil Rights Movement, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Aurie Pennick recalls coming of age during the Civil Rights Movement, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Aurie Pennick remembers her husband's return from the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Aurie Pennick recalls her mentor at University of Illinois at Chicago Circle
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Aurie Pennick remembers the 1971 Chicago City Council race, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Aurie Pennick remembers the 1971 Chicago City Council race, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Aurie Pennick remembers President John Kennedy's assassination
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Aurie Pennick remembers Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Aurie Pennick recalls teaching at Chicago's Englewood School of Human Dignity
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Aurie Pennick recalls the aftermath of Fred Hampton and Mark Clark's assassinations
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Aurie Pennick describes her political involvement in college
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Aurie Pennick recalls her suspension from University of Illinois at Chicago Circle
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Aurie Pennick recalls becoming a case worker in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Aurie Pennick recalls being a case worker on Chicago's North Side
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Aurie Pennick recalls being a case worker on Chicago's South Side
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Aurie Pennick remembers earning her master's degree in criminal justice
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Aurie Pennick remembers the Coalition of Concerned Women in the War on Crime
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Aurie Pennick describes community policing programs of the 1970s and 1980s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Aurie Pennick remembers working for Chicago Community Trust
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Aurie Pennick recalls her appointment to the Chicago Police Board
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Aurie Pennick talks about the Chicago Police Board
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Aurie Pennick talks about her career in philanthropy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Aurie Pennick recalls working in the Chicago Transit Authority Law Department
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Aurie Pennick recalls her presidency of the Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Aurie Pennick describes the Gautreaux Assisted Housing Program
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Aurie Pennick describes the consequences of the housing voucher program
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Aurie Pennick remembers moving to Prairie Crossing in Grayslake, Illinois
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Aurie Pennick describes the challenges of fair housing
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Aurie Pennick talks about 'American Apartheid: Segregation and the Making of the Underclass' by Douglas Massey
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Aurie Pennick recalls serving as a U.S. delegate to the Habitat II conference
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Aurie Pennick remembers traveling to South Africa
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Aurie Pennick remembers joining the Field Foundation of Illinois
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Aurie Pennick reflects on the influence of the Field Foundation of Illinois
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Aurie Pennick describes her favorite projects with the Field Foundation of Illinois
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Aurie Pennick describes the board of the Field Foundation of Illinois
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Aurie Pennick describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Aurie Pennick reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Aurie Pennick reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 11 - Aurie Pennick describes how she would like to be remembered