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Profession

Category:
StyleMakers
Occupation(s):
Beauty Shop Owner
Hairdresser

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Cornbread, Greens
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Atlanta, Georgia
Favorite Quote:
If You Give A Person A Fish, He Can Eat For A Day, But If You Teach A Person To Fish, He Can Eat Forever.

Birthplace

Born:
7/2/1924
Birth Location:
Nashville, Arkansas

Profession

Category:
StyleMakers
Occupation(s):
Beauty Shop Owner
Hairdresser

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Cornbread, Greens
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Atlanta, Georgia
Favorite Quote:
If You Give A Person A Fish, He Can Eat For A Day, But If You Teach A Person To Fish, He Can Eat Forever.

Birthplace

Born:
7/2/1924
Birth Location:
Nashville
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Biography

Charlene Jordan, proprietor of Charlene's House of Beauty, operates one of the oldest African American-owned businesses in Denver, Colorado's Five Points district. She was born on July 2, 1924 in the country near Nashville, Arkansas. Life was hard for young Charlene and her family. Her father, Miles Jordan, lost the family land to unscrupulous white officials while her mother, Curlie Hill Jordan, struggled to make ends meet. Jordan had to work long hours in hot cotton fields for ten cents an hour. Her nephew was attacked by a mob and disappeared within earshot of her house.

After graduating from high school in 1943, Jordan joined Roosevelt's National Youth Administration and left Arkansas. Recruited to work for Boeing Aircraft Company in Seattle, Washington with other youth, Jordan also served as a "tank scaler" in Vancouver, British Columbia. She returned to Arkansas in 1948 and attended the Velvatex College of Cosmetology in Little Rock. She then moved to Denver, Colorado. Jordan took a refresher course at Duncan Beauty School, enhancing her hot comb pressing technique before opening her own "House of Beauty." She joined the Colorado Hair Dressers and Cosmetologists Association and the Success Club of America, becoming a member of the Incomparable 75. Later she purchased storefronts on Welton Street, now better known as "Jordan's Corner."

Denver's rich and poor alike have sought Jordan's services, including some of the top entertainers and celebrities that appeared at the Rassonian Hotel and other historic Five Point venues. Over the years, Charlene Jordan has become a pillar and anchor of Five Points. Of her many accomplishments, she is most proud of her daughter.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Charlene Jordan narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Charlene Jordan narrates her photographs, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Slating of Charlene Jordan's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Charlene Jordan lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Charlene Jordan describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Charlene Jordan describes why her mother married her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Charlene Jordan describes her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Charlene Jordan describes the sights, sounds, and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Charlene Jordan describes when her family lost their farm
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Charlene Jordan talks about working for the National Youth Administration and attending cosmetology school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Charlene Jordan talks about her siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Charlene Jordan talks about her grandmother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Charlene Jordan describes her experiences attending Childress High School, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Charlene Jordan talks about her childhood interests and activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Charlene Jordan describes her experiences attending Childress High School, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Charlene Jordan shares memories of her childhood church
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Charlene Jordan describes why she was determined to move away from Nashville, Arkansas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Charlene Jordan describes race relations in Nashville, Arkansas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Charlene Jordan describes the challenges of becoming a cosmetologist in Denver, Colorado
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Charlene Jordan talks about entertainment and Denver, Colorado's Five Points neighborhood in the 1940s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Charlene talks about some of her famous male clients
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Charlene talks about Dinah Washington in Denver, Colorado
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Charlene talks about opening Charlene's House of Beauty
  • Tape: 2 Story: 14 - Charlene Jordan talks about Madame C.J. Walker and A'Lelia Walker
  • Tape: 2 Story: 15 - Charlene Jordan talks about her connection to businesswoman Marjorie Stewart Joyner
  • Tape: 2 Story: 16 - Charlene Jordan talks about the Five Points Black Business Association fashion show
  • Tape: 2 Story: 17 - Charlene Jordan talks about businesses in the Five Points Black Business Association
  • Tape: 2 Story: 18 - Charlene Jordan talks about goal-setting
  • Tape: 2 Story: 19 - Charlene Jordan describes her hairstyling techniques and customer service philosophy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Charlene Jordan describes how her success has allowed her to purchase what she wants
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Charlene Jordan describes the process of styling hair
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Charlene Jordan talks about beauty shop gossip
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Charlene Jordan talks about helping others and being helped
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Charlene Jordan talks about styling mishaps
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Charlene Jordan describes her involvement with the Colorado Hair Dressers and Cosmetologists Association
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Charlene Jordan talks about Rose Morgan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Charlene Jordan talks about being a successful businesswoman
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Charlene Jordan describes how hairstyles have evolved since the 1940s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Charlene Jordan compares styling of white and black hair
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Charlene Jordan talks about styling wigs
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Charlene Jordan comments on what makes hair healthy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 13 - Charlene Jordan describes how Denver, Colorado has changed
  • Tape: 3 Story: 14 - Charlene Jordan describes how the changes in Denver, Colorado have affected the black community
  • Tape: 3 Story: 15 - Charlene Jordan talks about the Juneteenth celebration in Denver, Colorado's Five Points neighborhood
  • Tape: 3 Story: 16 - Charlene Jordan describes how the Five Points Business Association was divided
  • Tape: 3 Story: 17 - Charlene Jordan shares her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 3 Story: 18 - Charlene Jordan shares advice for aspiring cosmetologists and business owners
  • Tape: 3 Story: 19 - Charlene Jordan shares her favorite sayings
  • Tape: 3 Story: 20 - Charlene Jordan talks about helping others
  • Tape: 3 Story: 21 - Charlene Jordan talks about her family and how she would like to be remembered