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Delores P. Aldridge

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
African American Studies Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Gari
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Ghana; Barbados
Favorite Quote:
Others May Have Done More. Others May Have Done Less, But I've Done My Very Best And Now I Have No Regrets.

Birthplace

Born:
6/8/1941
Birth Location:
Tampa, Florida

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
African American Studies Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Gari
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Ghana; Barbados
Favorite Quote:
Others May Have Done More. Others May Have Done Less, But I've Done My Very Best And Now I Have No Regrets.

Birthplace

Born:
6/8/1941
Birth Location:
Tampa
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Biography

Grace Towns Hamilton Distinguished Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at Emory University, Delores Patricia Aldridge was born on June 8, 1941, in Tampa, Florida, to Mary Ellen Bennett Aldridge and Willie Lee Aldridge. She had private schooling at Allen Temple A.M.E. Church. She then attended Meacham Elementary School; and Booker T. Washington Junior High School; and was valedictorian of Middleton High School in 1959. At Atlanta’s Clark College, Aldridge received her B.S. degree in sociology and Spanish. Aldridge earned her M.A. degree in social work from Atlanta University in 1966. In 1967, she obtained her certificate in child psychology from University College Dublin. In 1968, she studied family treatment techniques at the University of Montreal. Aldridge earned her Ph.D. in sociology from Purdue University in 1971. She went on to study African art and politics at the University of Ghana at Legon in 1972 and completed postgraduate study at Georgetown University in 1979.

In 1971, Aldridge became the first African American woman faculty member of Emory University and founding director of the first African American and African Studies degree-granting program in the South, which she administered until 1990. In 1988 and 1992, she studied gender and race issues in the Soviet Union and Brazil. Aldridge served as national president of four separate national organizations including an unprecedented two terms as president of the National Council for Black Studies. She has been chairman of the board of a number of organizations including the International Black Women’s Congress (IBWC). As chair of the IBWC, she organized international conferences on issues related to the health of Africana women. Aldridge also published Toward Integrating Africana Women into Africana Studies in 1992 and co-edited River of Tears: The Politics of Black Women’s Health in 1993. She is popularly known for her 1994 work, Focusing: Black Male Female Relationships.

Aldridge is the recipient of over one hundred awards and was consultant for over ninety foreign governments. She is the author and editor of over one hundred sixty commentaries, articles, and monographs on race, gender, politics, family diversity, multiculturalism and cultural democracy. Aldridge’s latest work is The Invisible Pioneers: Black Women Sociologists, and she is working on a partnership with the Georgia State Legislature and Georgia Coalition of Black Women to develop an encyclopedic volume, The Social and Economic Contributions of Georgia Women.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Delores P. Aldridge describes her mother's side of the family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Delores P. Aldridge describes her mother's upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Delores P. Aldridge describes her father's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Delores P. Aldridge remembers her maternal great grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Delores Aldridge describes her father's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Delores P. Aldridge recalls how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Delores P. Aldridge describes her parents' personalities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Delores P. Aldridge describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Delores P. Aldridge describes her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Delores P. Aldridge describes the smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Delores P. Aldridge describes Tampa, Florida's Cuban population
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Delores P. Aldridge remembers the impact of Major League Baseball
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Delores P. Aldridge remembers her family's housing in Tampa, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Delores P. Aldridge recalls her schooling at Tampa's Allen Temple A.M.E. Church
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Delores P. Aldridge describes her time at Tampa's Meacham Elementary School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Delores P. Aldridge recalls her time at Tampa's Booker T. Washington Junior High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Delores P. Aldridge describes her childhood activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Delores P. Aldridge recalls her activities at Tampa's George S. Middleton High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Delores P. Aldridge describes her father's passion for civil rights
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Delores P. Aldridge recalls hearing Mary McLeod Bethune speak in Daytona Beach, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Delores P. Aldridge recalls her English teacher at Tampa's George S. Middleton High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Delores P. Aldridge describes her maternal grandmother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Delores P. Aldridge recalls her decision to attend Atlanta's Clark College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Delores P. Aldridge describes Clark College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 14 - Delores P. Aldridge recalls her participation in the Civil Rights Movement in Atlanta
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Delores P. Aldridge describes her civil rights activism in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Delores P. Aldridge recalls her parents' support for her civil rights activities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Delores P. Aldridge recalls faculty support during the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Delores P. Aldridge recalls white people's reactions to sit-in demonstrations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Delores P. Aldridge recalls Queen Mother Moore, Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Delores P. Aldridge recalls her decision to attend the Atlanta University School of Social Work
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Delores P. Aldridge describes her memorable social science instructors
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Delores P. Aldridge describes her studies at the Atlanta University School of Social Work
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Delores P. Aldridge remembers attending the University of Ireland in Dublin
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Delores P. Aldridge describes Ireland's class stratification
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Delores P. Aldridge recalls her decision to pursue a Ph.D. degree
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Delores P. Aldridge recalls her decision to attend Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Delores P. Aldridge describes her Ph.D. studies at Purdue University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Delores P. Aldridge describes her social work in Indiana
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Delores P. Aldridge recalls becoming Emory University's African American studies coordinator
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Delores P. Aldridge recalls founding Emory University's African American studies department
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Delores P. Aldridge describes the development of Emory University's African American studies department
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Delores P. Aldridge reflects upon the black studies movement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Delores P. Aldridge describes the importance of diversity in the social sciences
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Delores P. Aldridge reflects upon the development of black sociology
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Delores P. Aldridge describes her committee involvement
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Delores P. Aldridge talks about her publications
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Delores P. Aldridge describes her book, 'Out of the Revolution: The Development of Africana Studies'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Delores P. Aldridge describes the field of Africana studies
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Delores P. Aldridge describes her foundation work in Ghana
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Delores P. Aldridge describes her work on black male-female relationships
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Delores P. Aldridge describes her future plans, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Delores P. Aldridge describes her future plans, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Delores P. Aldridge describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Delores P. Aldridge reflects upon her life and legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Delores P. Aldridge describes her family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Delores P. Aldridge describes her life's defining moments
  • Tape: 5 Story: 13 - Delores P. Aldridge describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 14 - Delores P. Aldridge narrates her photographs