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Darwin McBeth Walton

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Educator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Yellow
Favorite Food:
Broccoli
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
North Carolina, South Carolina
Favorite Quote:
Age Is What You've Done With What You Had And What You Have Left To Work With.

Birthplace

Born:
9/16/1926
Birth Location:
Charlotte, North Carolina

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Educator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Yellow
Favorite Food:
Broccoli
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
North Carolina, South Carolina
Favorite Quote:
Age Is What You've Done With What You Had And What You Have Left To Work With.

Birthplace

Born:
9/16/1926
Birth Location:
Charlotte
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Biography

Author Darwin McBeth Walton was born Jane Darwin McBeth on September 16, 1926, in Charlotte, North Carolina, to John and Mary McBeth. Walton graduated from West Charlotte High School in 1944. After attending Johnson C. Smith University and Howard University, Walton received her B.A. degree in music from the Chicago Conservatory of Music in 1950. She later returned to school and received her M.E. degree in teaching from National-Louis University (NLU) in 1973. Since 1978, Walton has designed and facilitated five courses in teacher education for NLU and remains in the education arena as student teacher supervisor there.

Walton brings music and twenty years of public school teaching to her reading and writing audience. As a participant in the “Author in the Schools” Program and the “Open Book” After School Program in Chicago’s inner-city schools, she is a frequent visitor to classrooms and libraries throughout the Chicago Metropolitan area. Walton published her first book, What Color Are You?, in 1973. It was published by Johnson Publishing Company and was one of the first books about America’s diversity to be used in public schools. It was named a landmark book by the Chicago Historical Society. Her next book, Overcoming Challenges, is the story of astronaut Major General Charles F. Bolden, one of the first four black astronauts in the U.S., and the challenges he faced in his quest for education during the 1960s. Her highly acclaimed contemporary middle-grade novel, Dance Kayla, tells the story of a young girl who was uprooted from her beloved farm life in South Carolina to begin anew with a family in Chicago. It was chosen one of the best books of 1990 by the Banks Street College of Education Selection Committee. Her other books include Kwanzaa: A World of Holidays; Nana’s Kitchen; two books on the Underground Railroad: They Walked With Courage and Jetty’s Journey; and two early readers: Part of My Family and Families Are Special.

In 1998, Walton was elected Outstanding Woman Leader in the field of Racial Justice in DuPage County. She was honored again in 2003 with the Distinguished Alumni Humanitarian Award from National-Louis University.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Darwin McBeth Walton describes her maternal grandmother's ancestry
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Darwin McBeth Walton describe her maternal grandfather's ancestry
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Darwin McBeth Walton remembers visiting her maternal grandparents' farm
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Darwin McBeth Walton describes her mother's education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Darwin McBeth Walton talks about her parents' move to Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Darwin McBeth Walton describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Darwin McBeth Walton talks about how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Darwin McBeth Walton describes her likeness to her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Darwin McBeth Walton lists her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Darwin McBeth Walton describes her earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Darwin McBeth Walton describes her neighborhood in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Darwin McBeth Walton describes the sights and sounds of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Darwin McBeth Walton recalls her first experience as a performer
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Darwin McBeth Walton recalls the popular singers from her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Darwin McBeth Walton remembers the Grand Theatre in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Darwin McBeth Walton describes her elementary education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Darwin McBeth Walton remembers West Charlotte High School in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Darwin McBeth Walton remembers the music program at West Charlotte High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Darwin McBeth Walton recalls her activities at West Charlotte High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Darwin McBeth Walton remembers matriculating at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Darwin McBeth Walton recalls winning a music scholarship
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Darwin McBeth Walton recalls her experiences of discrimination at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Darwin McBeth Walton describes her decision to attend the American Conservatory of Music
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Darwin McBeth Walton remembers singing on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Darwin McBeth Walton recalls her start as a professional singer
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Darwin McBeth Walton talks about raising her children
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Darwin McBeth Walton remembers performing with black celebrities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Darwin McBeth Walton recalls working with Van Johnson
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Darwin McBeth Walton remembers living in an all-white hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Darwin McBeth Walton talks about passing for white in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Darwin McBeth Walton recalls the racial segregation of Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Darwin McBeth Walton describes her success as a singer
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Darwin McBeth Walton remembers meeting her husband
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Darwin McBeth Walton describes her early teaching career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Darwin McBeth Walton recalls teaching at National Lewis University in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Darwin McBeth Walton describes the challenges of teaching African American history
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Darwin McBeth Walton talks about teaching black history through literature
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Darwin McBeth Walton describes her collection of African American history books
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Darwin McBeth Walton recalls her start as a children's author
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Darwin McBeth Walton remembers the publication of 'What Color Are You?'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Darwin McBeth Walton talks about the importance of diversity in the publishing industry
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Darwin McBeth Walton remembers republishing her second book, 'Dance, Kayla!'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Darwin McBeth Walton describes her book about General Charles Bolden, Jr.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Darwin McBeth Walton recalls writing about the Underground Railroad
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Darwin McBeth Walton describes her book on Kwanzaa
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Darwin McBeth Walton talks about her fellow African American children's authors
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Darwin McBeth Walton describes the children's literature associations in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Darwin McBeth Walton describes the Underground Railroad reenactment at the Graue Mill and Museum in Oak Brook, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Darwin McBeth Walton reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Darwin McBeth Walton reflects upon her legacy and family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Darwin McBeth Walton reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Darwin McBeth Walton describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Darwin McBeth Walton describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Darwin McBeth Walton narrates her photographs, pt. 1
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