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Ella Mizzell Kelly

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Yellow
Favorite Food:
All Food
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
3/17/1939
Birth Location:
Columbia, North Carolina

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Yellow
Favorite Food:
All Food
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
3/17/1939
Birth Location:
Columbia
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Biography

Ella Mizzell Kelly was born on March 17, 1939 in Columbia, North Carolina. Her father was a barber and her mother, a factory worker. During her early childhood, the family migrated to New York in search of better jobs. Shortly thereafter, her parents divorced and Kelly and her sister were raised by their mother. Identified as a gifted student during grade school, Kelly excelled academically. In 1955, she earned her high school diploma from Julia Richmond High School where she was active in the chorus, Latin Club and Student Government Association.

From 1955 until 1957, Kelly attended New York State Teachers College in Albany. She transferred to Howard University in 1957, where she earned her B.A. degree in history in 1960. During her senior year, she was selected to study abroad at Oxford in England.

From 1960 until 1968, Kelly taught history in the Washington, D.C. public school system, giving her students their first introduction to African American history. In 1963, Kelly earned her master’s degree in philosophy from Howard University. Between 1969 and 1977, Kelly worked for the Department of Education as a speechwriter and senior program officer. From 1983 until 1985, Kelly attended the University of California at Los Angeles. Leaving there, she worked until 1990 as a research assistant at UCLA and served on a task force examining the under-representation of African American students in California. From 1990 until 1994, Kelly worked as a teacher and administrator at Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science in the departments of family medicine and nursing education. In 1995, she earned her Ph.D. in social research methodology from UCLA. From 1994 until 1998, Kelly served as a consultant on women’s health issues for the California Public Institute and the UCLA School of Public Policy and Social Research. From 1998 until 2003, Kelly was a senior research scientist at UCLA’s Center for Community Health where she was responsible for developing initiatives to reduce health risks associated with HIV/AIDS and African American women.

In 2003, Kelly became the deputy director at Howard University College of Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, where she focuses on the impact of violence and substance abuse on low-income families and children.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Ella Mizzell Kelly lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Ella Mizzell Kelly describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Ella Mizzell Kelly describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Ella Mizzell Kelly talks about her family's move from Norfolk, Virginia to New York, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Ella Mizzell Kelly remembers her relationship with her maternal grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Ella Mizzell Kelly recalls her paternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Ella Mizzell Kelly describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Ella Mizzell Kelly talks about her sister
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Ella Mizzell Kelly recalls her childhood aspirations
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Ella Mizzell Kelly describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood in New York, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Ella Mizzell Kelly remembers special days during her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Ella Mizzell Kelly describes her childhood neighborhood in New York, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Ella Mizzell Kelly recalls her childhood religious life
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - Ella Mizzell Kelly describes her distant relationship with her mother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Ella Mizzell Kelly remembers the aftermath of her parents' divorce
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Ella Mizzell Kelly describes her elementary school experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Ella Mizzell Kelly remembers her early interest in attending college
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Ella Mizzell Kelly describes her childhood aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Ella Mizzell Kelly remembers difficulties stemming from her academic success as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Ella Mizzell Kelly recalls working at her maternal aunt and uncle's insurance agency as a child in New York, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Ella Mizzell Kelly remembers her experiences at Julia Richman High School in New York, New York in the 1950s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Ella Mizzell Kelly talks about her decision to attend college
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Ella Mizzell Kelly recalls transferring to Howard University after experiencing racial discrimination at New York State College for Teachers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Ella Mizzell Kelly remembers her mentors at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Ella Mizzell Kelly recalls her mentor Eugene C. Holmes at Howard University, Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Ella Mizzell Kelly talks about studying at Oxford University in England in 1959 on a Lucy E. Moten Travel Fellowship from Howard University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Ella Mizzell Kelly remembers student life at Oxford University in Oxford, England
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Ella Mizzell Kelly recalls student life at Howard University in Washington D.C.in the late 1950s and early 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Ella Mizzell Kelly recalls teaching history in Washington, D.C. public schools
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Ella Mizzell Kelly talks about the impact of learning about African history on her students and herself
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Ella Mizzell Kelly describes coming to understand the systemic nature of racism while working in the federal Office of Education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Ella Mizzell Kelly remembers her decision to leave teaching and work for the federal Office of Education in 1969
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Ella Mizzell Kelly explains why she decided to obtain a Ph.D. in 1982
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Ella Mizzell Kelly recalls working at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles, California while completing her Ph.D. requirements
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Ella Mizzell Kelly explains how she focused her research on HIV/AIDS risk in low-income adolescent girls
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Ella Mizzell Kelly talks about her current work on HIV/AIDS and women's health at Howard University College of Medicine
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Ella Mizzell Kelly explains potential research into sexual orientation and gender identity factors of HIV/AIDS risk
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Ella Mizzell Kelly gives advice to women about mitigating HIV/AIDS risk
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Ella Mizzell Kelly describes her concerns for low-income African American girls
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Ella Mizzell Kelly reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Ella Mizzell Kelly talks about her son
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Ella Mizzell Kelly describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Ella Mizzell Kelly concludes her interview by recalling an oral history assignment from her career as a young public school teacher