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Bernice Hutcherson

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Civic Activist
Social Work Professor
Social Worker

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Breakfast Foods
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Freeport, Bahamas
Favorite Quote:
I'm never alone.

Birthplace

Born:
4/4/1925
Birth Location:
Newton, Kansas

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Civic Activist
Social Work Professor
Social Worker

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Breakfast Foods
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Freeport, Bahamas
Favorite Quote:
I'm never alone.

Birthplace

Born:
4/4/1925
Birth Location:
Newton
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Biography

Social worker and educator, Bernice Hutcherson, was born on April 4, 1925, in Newton, Kansas, to Henrietta and Albert Ray, Sr. Hutcherson was educated in public schools, and eventually received her B.A. degree from Langston University in 1950; she was further trained at the Chicago Teacher's College and received an M.S.W. from the University of Kansas in 1969.

Throughout her nearly five-decade-long career, Hutcherson worked as an educator, beginning as a remedial reading teacher in the Chicago Public Schools system, and later as a social worker in her native Kansas. Hutcherson spent nearly twenty years with Kansas Social and Rehabilitation Services in various supervisory and training positions before taking a position as a professor of Social Work at Wichita State University in 1970. Hutcherson served on numerous university committees, including a three-year-long term as gerontology faculty chair before her retirement in 1996.

Retirement did not impede Hutcherson's commitment to the social service field; an active lecturer, she was regularly asked to run workshops and participate in academic forums. Hutcherson's numerous professional affiliations and memberships represented years of commitment to service and leadership; she remained active in the National Association of Social Workers, and the Kansas Conference on Social Welfare, and was the founding president of the Kansas Multicultural Association of Substance Abuse.

Hutcherson continued to be involved in the field of social work by volunteering through committee and board structures dedicated to substance abuse research and program development. The recipient of numerous community, professional, and academic accolades, the Wichita city council named an elder housing facility, the Bernice Hutcherson Complex, in Hutcherson's honor in 1980. In addition to her professional activities, Hutcherson and her late husband of forty years, Hubert Hutcherson, raised two daughters.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Bernice Hutcherson describes the location of The Kansas African American Museum, Wichita, Kansas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Bernice Hutcherson's favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Bernice Hutcherson details her father's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Bernice Hutcherson describes her mother's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Bernice Hutcherson recounts her parents' courtship and marriage
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Bernice Hutcherson remembers her mother's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Bernice Hutcherson describes her relationship with her brothers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Bernice Hutcherson remembers her father
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Bernice Hutcherson recalls growing up in her Newton, Kansas community
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Bernice Hutcherson recalls a fight from her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Bernice Hutcherson describes her lifelong love of reading
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Bernice Hutcherson describes memorable teachers from elementary school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Bernice Hutcherson describes her pursuits upon college graduation
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Bernice Hutcherson explains her decision to attend Langston University, Langston, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Bernice Hutcherson describes the courtship of she and her future husband
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Bernice Hutcherson describes a memorable college professor
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Bernice Hutcherson recalls her college experiences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Bernice Hutcherson discusses her marriage
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Bernice Hutcherson discusses her pursuits following her college graduation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Bernice Hutcherson recalls her efforts to reform social work practices
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Bernice Hutcherson details her experience as a community organizer
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Bernice Hutcherson details the efforts of Wichita, Kansas community organizations
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Bernice Hutcherson shares motivational ideas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Bernice Hutcherson details her efforts to stem drug and alcohol abuse
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Bernice Hutcherson shares reflections on prejudice
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Bernice Hutcherson reflects on her life's course
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Bernice Hutcherson hopes for unity in the black community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Bernice Hutcherson considers her legacy