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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Seafood, Vegetables
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hilton Head, South Carolina
Favorite Quote:
Everybody Can Be Great Because Everybody Can Serve.

Birthplace

Born:
7/24/1938
Birth Location:
Greenville, Mississippi

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Seafood, Vegetables
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hilton Head, South Carolina
Favorite Quote:
Everybody Can Be Great Because Everybody Can Serve.

Birthplace

Born:
7/24/1938
Birth Location:
Greenville
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Biography

Academic administrator and social activist Charlestine Romelle Dawson Hickson Fairley was born on July 24, 1938 in Greenville, Mississippi to Ida Harris Dawson and Kemp Dawson. She was educated in Gulfport, Mississippi, where she graduated from 33rd Avenue High School in 1956. She briefly attended Tougaloo College in Tougaloo, Mississippi before transferring to Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. During a summer break she met William F. Hickson, Jr. a dental student at Meharry Medical College. After a year of courtship, Fairley dropped out of college to move to Nashville, Tennessee to marry Hickson. After the birth of the couple's three children--Nina, Franklin, and Oneal-- Fairley returned to college, completing her B.A. degree in sociology at Delaware State College in 1963. Following her graduation, Fairley worked for the Burlington County, New Jersey Welfare Department as a case worker. Fairley returned to school, earning her M.Ed. degree in counseling from South Carolina State College in 1969 and her Ph.D. degree in education from the University of South Carolina in 1990.

Fairley taught and worked as a special services counselor at Claflin College from 1968 to 1973, when she became coordinator of its Upward Bound and Special Services program. Fairley then directed Claflin's Special Programs for Disadvantaged Students until leaving in 1986 to direct the Upward Bound program at the University of South Carolina. Because Fairley shared the same disadvantaged background as her students, she was especially effective in connecting with them. Her programmatic innovations with Upward Bound's TRIO Achievers were incorporated into the program at the national level. Fairley married Richard L. Fairley in 1989, the same year that she was appointed as a consultant for the U.S. Department of Education Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE). Fairley then shifted her career focus to the administration of government substance abuse prevention services, joining the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 1990 as a program officer in the Office of Substance Abuse Prevention. Two years later, Fairley and her husband moved to Annapolis, Maryland, where she directed Prevention Services for the Anne Arundel County Department of Health until 1997. She coordinated the Anne Arundel County Executive's Criminal Justice Drug Intervention Program from 1998 to 1999. She worked concurrently as a trainer for Maryland's Office of Education and Training for Addiction Services. During this time, she was also an adjunct professor at Nova University and Bowie State University's College of Business, and part-time coordinator of the Annapolis campus of Sojourner-Douglass College. Fairley has served as the full-time director of the Sojourner-Douglass College, Annapolis Campus since 1993.

Fairley is a life member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the National Council of Negro Women, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the American Association of University Women. She is also a member of The Links, Inc., Annapolis Chapter and the 21st Century Club of Annapolis. Fairley belongs to the First Presbyterian Church of Annapolis.

Charlestine Fairley was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 25, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Charlestine Fairley's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Charlestine Fairley lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Charlestine Fairley describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Charlestine Fairley describes her mother's personality and how she takes after her
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Charlestine Fairley recalls her family's slave history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Charlestine Fairley describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Charlestine Fairley talks about her father's education and occupation
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Charlestine Fairley recalls being raised by her paternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Charlestine Fairley describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Charlestine Fairley describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Charlestine Fairley remembers her paternal grandmother, Rosie Farmer Dawson
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Charlestine Fairley recalls moving to Gulfport, Mississippi with her paternal grandparents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Charlestine Fairley describes her community in Gulfport, Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Charlestine Fairley recalls the influence of Little Rock Baptist Church in Gulfport, Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Charlestine Fairley talks about her early education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Charlestine Fairley recalls attending 33rd Avenue High School in Gulfport, Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Charlestine Fairley describes holiday celebrations with her family
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Charlestine Fairley remembers her childhood friends
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Charlestine Fairley recalls her early influences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Charlestine Fairley remembers the librarian at 33rd Avenue High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Charlestine Fairley describes her college aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Charlestine Fairley recalls attending Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Charlestine Fairley recalls segregation in Gulfport, Mississippi
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Charlestine Fairley describes segregation in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Charlestine Fairley remembers meeting her first husband, William F. Hickson, Jr.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Charlestine Fairley recalls attending Delaware State College in Dover, Delaware
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Charlestine Fairley remembers her position with the welfare department in Burlington County, New Jersey
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Charlestine Fairley describes her teaching position at Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Charlestine Fairley talks about the TRiO programs
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Charlestine Fairley recalls her experiences at Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Charlestine Fairly recalls working at Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Charlestine Fairly describes her role with the Special Services for Disadvantaged Students program
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Charlestine Fairly talks about the TRiO Achievers program
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Charlestine Fairly recalls working at the University of South Carolina in Orangeburg, South Carolina
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Charlestine Fairly describes the TRiO programs at the University of South Carolina
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Charlestine Fairly recalls meeting her second husband, Richard Fairley
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Charlestine Fairly describes her educational consultant work at FIPSE
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Charlestine Fairly recalls her work with the substance abuse prevention program in Anne Arundel County, Maryland
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Charlestine Fairley describes Sojourner-Douglass College in Edgewater, Maryland, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Charlestine Fairley describes Sojourner-Douglass College in Edgewater, Maryland, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Charlestine Fairley remembers the challenges she faced at Sojourner-Douglass College
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Charlestine Fairley describes her civic involvement
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Charlestine Fairley talks about her family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Charlestine Fairley reflects upon her trip to Africa
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Charlestine Fairley describes her consulting firm, CRF and Associates, Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Charlestine Fairley reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Charlestine Fairley shares her advice for future generations
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Charlestine Fairley describes how she would like to be remembered