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Bernyce Ayesha Hassan-Fletcher

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Presidential Secretary

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black, Lavender, White
Favorite Food:
Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
12/29/1922
Birth Location:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Presidential Secretary

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black, Lavender, White
Favorite Food:
Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
12/29/1922
Birth Location:
Philadelphia
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Biography

Bernice Ayesa Hassan-Fletcher was born in Philadelphia on December 29, 1922. Her parents were immigrants, her mother from Jamaica and her father from Eritrea. Hassan-Fletcher graduated from West Philadelphia High School and immediately went to work following graduation.

With the United States' entry into World War II, opportunities for women to join the workforce were abundant. Moving to Berkeley, California, Hassan-Fletcher became a bookkeeper on a naval base in Oakland. Following the war, she went to work for the phone company, becoming one of the first African American women to work the telephone switchboards in Berkeley. Later, using her bookkeeping skills, Hassan-Fletcher became the accountant for the largest co-op in the city of Berkeley. After marrying Arthur Fletcher in 1964, she became the office manager of Berkeley High School.

Hassan-Fletcher and her husband moved to Washington D.C., where she became involved with the Model Cities Program that was part of President Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty. In 1968, she became the campaign manager for her husband's bid for lieutenant governor. In 1970, she became the office manager of her husband's consulting firm, Hassan-Fletcher & Associates. With the election of President Ronald Reagan, Hassan-Fletcher became the office manager to First Lady Nancy Reagan. Hassan-Fletcher was the first African American woman to hold this post. She returned to Fletcher & Associates following the Reagan administration.

In her spare time, Hassan-Fletcher loves to cook, baking breads and pastries as gifts during the holiday season. Hassan-Fletcher and her husband have three children, nine grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren.

Hassan-Fletcher passed away on October 15, 2015.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Bernyce Ayesha Hassan-Fletcher lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Bernyce Ayesha Hassan-Fletcher describes her father's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Bernyce Ayesha Hassan-Fletcher describes her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Bernyce Ayesha Hassan-Fletcher talks about her East African heritage and Arabic name
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Bernyce Ayesha Hassan-Fletcher talks about her father's deportation from the United States
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Bernyce Ayesha Hassan-Fletcher talks about African American support of Ethiopia in the Second Italo-Ethiopian War
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Bernyce Ayesha Hassan-Fletcher talks about her maternal family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Bernyce Ayesha Hassan-Fletcher describes her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Bernyce Ayesha Hassan-Fletcher talks about her childhood hometown of Eastwick, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Bernyce Ayesha Hassan-Fletcher talks about her father and sponsoring children in Ethiopia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Bernyce Ayesha Hassan-Fletcher describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood in Eastwick, Pennsylvania, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Bernyce Ayesha Hassan-Fletcher describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood in Eastwick, Pennsylvania, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Bernyce Ayesha Hassan-Fletcher describes her community in Eastwick, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Bernyce Ayesha Hassan-Fletcher describes attending Beulah Baptist Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Bernyce Ayesha Hassan-Fletcher describes baking as a young girl
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Bernyce Ayesha Hassan-Fletcher describes attending McKean Elementary School in Edinboro, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Bernyce Ayesha Hassan-Fletcher talks about her reluctance to learn a foreign language and her ability to communicate across cultures
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Bernyce Ayesha Hassan-Fletcher remembers her teachers at McKean Elementary School in Edinboro, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Bernyce Ayesha Hassan-Fletcher describes her experience as a student at West Philadelphia High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Bernyce Ayesha Hassan-Fletcher describes her post-high school career path
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Bernyce Ayesha Hassan-Fletcher describes how she met her husband, HistoryMaker Arthur Fletcher
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Bernyce Ayesha Hassan-Fletcher describes she and HistoryMaker Arthur Fletcher's civic involvement in the 1960s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Bernyce Ayesha Hassan-Fletcher describes becoming the administrative assistant to Nancy Reagan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Bernyce Ayesha Hassan-Fletcher describes her tenure as the administrative assistant to Nancy Reagan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Bernyce Ayesha Hassan-Fletcher briefly describes the Reagans
  • Tape: 2 Story: 14 - Bernyce Ayesha Hassan-Fletcher talks about registering as an independent voter and black voter political alignment in the 1960s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 15 - Bernyce Ayesha Hassan-Fletcher talks about President Richard Nixon
  • Tape: 2 Story: 16 - Bernyce Ayesha Hassan-Fletcher talks briefly about President Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Tape: 2 Story: 17 - Bernyce Ayesha Hassan-Fletcher talks about HistoryMaker Arthur Fletcher's tenure as Chairman of the United States Commission on Civil Rights
  • Tape: 2 Story: 18 - Bernyce Ayesha Hassan-Fletcher talks about her interaction with convicted serial killer Ted Bundy
  • Tape: 2 Story: 19 - Bernyce Ayesha Hassan-Fletcher describes working with her husband, HistoryMaker Arthur Fletcher, after leaving her position in the White House
  • Tape: 2 Story: 20 - Bernyce Ayesha Hassan-Fletcher talks about her interest in youth-based civic activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 21 - Bernyce Ayesha Hassan-Fletcher lists volunteer organizations she belongs to
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Bernyce Ayesha Hassan-Fletcher talks about her Eritrean and Ethiopian features and her perspective toward racial classifications
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Bernyce Ayesha Hassan-Fletcher talks about the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Bernyce Ayesha Hassan-Fletcher lists civil rights organizers she met in the 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Bernyce Ayesha Hassan-Fletcher explains what attracts children to her
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Bernyce Ayesha Hassan-Fletcher describes her concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Bernyce Ayesha Hassan-Fletcher considers her legacy