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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Social Activist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Beaches
Favorite Quote:
Let Go And Let God.

Birthplace

Born:
2/3/1947
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Social Activist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Beaches
Favorite Quote:
Let Go And Let God.

Birthplace

Born:
2/3/1947
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Diane McCoy-Lee was born on February 3, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois to Charles and Dimples McCoy. After graduation from high school in 1966, she attended the University of Southern Illinois for a brief period. McCoy then married a service man that she had known and dated since they were freshmen in high school. She earned her B.A. degree in sociology in 1981 from Chicago State University’s University Without Walls program. In 1988, McCoy earned her M.A. degree from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago.

McCoy’s first observation of family violence was an incident she observed between her parents prior to their divorce. In 1978, McCoy’s life experience as a battered wife with children led her to work as a volunteer addressing the issues of battered women. She is a founding member of the Chicago Abused Women’s Coalition and served on its Board of Directors from 1978 to 1986. In 1982, McCoy developed and directed the first hospital based crisis intervention program for battered women at Jackson Park Hospital in Chicago. From 1989 through 1992, McCoy worked with the Council on Battered Women, in Atlanta, as the Client Service Manager and served as Acting Director of the agency for a brief period.

From 1990 until 1992, she served as Supervisor of Foster Care for Ada S. McKinney. From 1992 until the present, McCoy serves as curriculum writer for the Georgia Department of Human Resources – Department of Family and Child Services.

Married to Robert C. Lee since 1986, they are the parents of three adult children, one of whom is deceased, and six grandchildren. They reside in Atlanta, Georgia.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Diane McCoy-Lee recalls the accident that paralyzed her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Diane McCoy-Lee describes her mother's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Diane McCoy-Lee describes her maternal family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Diane McCoy-Lee describes her relationship with her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Diane McCoy-Lee describes her father's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Diane McCoy-Lee describes her father's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Diane McCoy-Lee describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Diane McCoy-Lee remembers growing up with a handicapped mother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Diane McCoy-Lee describes her mother's accident
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Diane McCoy-Lee recalls growing up in Chicago's Ida B. Wells Homes
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Diane McCoy-Lee describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Diane McCoy-Lee remembers the supportive community of Ida B. Wells Homes
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Diane McCoy-Lee recalls her primary education at Holy Angels Catholic School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Diane McCoy-Lee recalls her early aspirations to better her community
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Diane McCoy-Lee describes her religious upbringing
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Diane McCoy-Lee recalls her experiences at Loretto Academy in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Diane McCoy-Lee explains her motivations for going to college
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Diane McCoy-Lee recalls President John Fitzgerald Kennedy's assassination
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Diane McCoy-Lee describes her experiences of racism during high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Diane McCoy-Lee talks about Vietnam and her first husband
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Diane McCoy-Lee describes the abuse she experienced during her first marriage
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Diane McCoy-Lee recalls divorcing and remarrying her first husband
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Diane McCoy-Lee recalls returning to Chicago and escaping her abusive husband again
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Diane McCoy-Lee recalls beginning to work with battered women while living a homeless shelter
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Diane McCoy-Lee describes her work with Greenhouse Shelter and Chicago Abuse Women's Coaltion
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Diane McCoy-Lee describes her career in social services for battered women
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Diane McCoy-Lee reflects upon her service to victims of domestic abuse
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Diane McCoy-Lee describes her work at the Division of Family and Children Services in Atlanta
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Diane McCoy-Lee reflects upon her experiences with abuse
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Diane McCoy-Lee reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Diane McCoy-Lee describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Diane McCoy-Lee talks about the importance of family and her second husband
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Diane McCoy-Lee describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Diane McCoy-Lee talks about her children and grandchildren
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Diane McCoy-Lee reflects upon the importance of history
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Diane McCoy-Lee reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Diane McCoy-Lee narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Diane McCoy-Lee narrates her photographs, pt. 2