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Eugenia Collier

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
English Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chitterlings
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
West Virginia
Favorite Quote:
He Maketh Me To Lie Down In Green Pastures: He Leadeth Me Beside The Still Waters. - Psalm 23:2

Birthplace

Born:
4/6/1928
Birth Location:
Baltimore, Maryland

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
English Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chitterlings
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
West Virginia
Favorite Quote:
He Maketh Me To Lie Down In Green Pastures: He Leadeth Me Beside The Still Waters. - Psalm 23:2

Birthplace

Born:
4/6/1928
Birth Location:
Baltimore
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Biography

Author and professor Eugenia Collier was born on April 6, 1928 in Baltimore, Maryland to Harry Maceo, a physician, and Eugenia Williams, an educator. She received her B.A. degree from Howard University (magna cum laude) in 1948. In 1950, she received her M.A. degree from Columbia University and in 1976, her Ph. D. degree from the University of Maryland. Collier’s dissertation was “Steps Toward a Black Aesthetic: A Study of Black American Literary Criticism,” which was published by the University of Maryland.

After graduating from Columbia University, she worked as a caseworker from 1950 to 1955 with the Baltimore Department of Public Welfare. In 1955, she joined the faculty at Morgan State College (now Morgan State University) as an English instructor. She remained at Morgan State until 1966, as assistant professor. From 1966 to 1996, she taught English at several other colleges and universities, including the Community College of Baltimore (1966-1974), the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (1974-1977), Howard University (1977-1987), Coppin State College (now Coppin State University) (1987-1992) and Morgan State University (1992-1996). She also served as a visiting professor at Southern Illinois University and Atlanta University. She then served as a consultant for several schools and organizations, including Workshop of Center for African and Afro-American Studies (1969), Call and Response Workshop at Karamu House (1970), Pine Manor Junior College (1970) and Bond Humanities Fair, Atlanta, Georgia (1973-1974). In 1996, she retired from teaching.

In 1969, Collier published "Marigolds," which remains a widely read short story. Collier has written or co-written a number of other short stories, essays and books. Collier won the Gwendolyn Brooks Prize for Fiction award in Negro Digest in 1969 for “Marigolds.” She also received the Outstanding Educators of America Award in 1972 and the Distinguished Writers Award by the Middle Atlantic Writers Association in 1984. Her work has appeared in the Negro Digest, Black World, TV Guide, Phylon, College Language Association Journal and The New York Times. Collier has been a member of several organizations, including the College Language Association, the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, the Middle Atlantic Writers Association and the African American Writers Guild.

Eugenia Collier was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 7, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Eugenia Collier's interview, session 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Eugenia Collier lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Eugenia Collier talks about her mother's education and career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Eugenia Collier describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Eugenia Collier remembers her maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Eugenia Collier describes her father's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Eugenia Collier describes her father's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Eugenia Collier remembers her father's siblings and parents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Eugenia Collier describes her step grandfather
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Eugenia Collier remembers her paternal aunt
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Eugenia Collier talks about her paternal aunt's adopted daughter
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Eugenia Collier describes her father's medical training and career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Eugenia Collier talks about how her parents met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Eugenia Collier describes her parents' personalities and who she takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Eugenia Collier talks about her brother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Eugenia Collier describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Eugenia Collier recites her father's favorite poem
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Eugenia Collier describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Eugenia Collier talks about her early education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Eugenia Collier remembers her influential teachers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Eugenia Collier talks about her early exposure to African American literature
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Eugenia Collier recalls learning Negro spirituals at school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Eugenia Collier describes her early career aspirations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Eugenia Collier remembers segregation in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Eugenia Collier describes her early religious experiences
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Eugenia Collier recalls her decision to attend Howard University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Eugenia Collier talks about the mistreatment of African Americans after World War II
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Eugenia Collier describes her first impressions of Howard University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Eugenia Collier remembers her influential professors at Howard University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Eugenia Collier recalls meeting Richard Wright and Langston Hughes
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Eugenia Collier talks about her favorite works by Richard Wright
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Eugenia Collier remembers her acquaintances at Howard University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Eugenia Collier talks about her decision to attend Columbia University in New York City
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Eugenia Collier describes her first impressions of Columbia University in New York City
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Eugenia Collier talks about her thesis on Sterling A. Brown
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Eugenia Collier describes her experiences in New York City's Harlem neighborhood
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Eugenia Collier recalls working for the Baltimore City Department of Public Welfare
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Eugenia Collier talks about her ex-husband
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Eugenia Collier describes the faculty at Morgan State College in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Eugenia Collier talks about her early writing habits
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Eugenia Collier recalls the accolades for her short story 'Marigolds'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Eugenia Collier talks about the inspiration for 'Marigolds'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Eugenia Collier remembers publishing her short story, 'Marigolds'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Eugenia Collier shares a synopsis of 'Marigolds,' pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Eugenia Collier shares a synopsis of 'Marigolds,' pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Eugenia Collier talks about the writing community in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Eugenia Collier describes her writing style
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Eugenia Collier recites 'Nightmare House' and 'Salmon and Saxophones'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Eugenia Collier talks about her sons
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Eugenia Collier describes her teaching philosophy and favorite students
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Eugenia Collier recalls her decision to pursue a Ph.D. degree at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Eugenia Collier talks about the field of African American literary criticism
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Eugenia Collier describes her dissertation on the black aesthetic
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Eugenia Collier talks about the black aesthetic
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Eugenia Collier remembers the black publishers and magazines of the 1970s
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Eugenia Collier talks about her review of the film 'Conrack'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Eugenia Collier remember her Ph.D. advisor
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Eugenia Collier describes her play, 'Ricky'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Eugenia Collier remembers FESTAC '77
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Slating of Eugenia Collier's interview, session 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Eugenia Collier describes Julian Mayfield, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Eugenia Collier describes Julian Mayfield, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Eugenia Collier remembers her international travels
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Eugenia Collier talks about Hoyt W. Fuller's influence on her career
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Eugenia Collier remembers Haki Madhubuti
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Eugenia Collier talks about the black vernacular
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Eugenia Collier talks about her involvement in literary groups
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Eugenia Collier describes her experiences on the faculty of Howard University
  • Tape: 8 Story: 10 - Eugenia Collier talks about the closure of black book stores during the 1980s
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Eugenia Collier describes her challenges with the administration of Howard University
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Eugenia Collier remembers Robert Hayden
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Eugenia Collier talks about the works of Haki Madhubuti and Robert Hayden
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Eugenia Collier recalls joining the faculty of Coppin State College in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Eugenia Collier talks about the Arena Players, Incorporated
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Eugenia Collier describes her approach to teaching American literature
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Eugenia Collier talks about the lack of recognition for African American authors
  • Tape: 9 Story: 8 - Eugenia Collier talks about the scholarship of black women
  • Tape: 10 Story: 1 - Eugenia Collier talks about the inspiration behind her novel, 'Beyond the Crossroads,' pt. 1
  • Tape: 10 Story: 2 - Eugenia Collier talks about the inspiration behind her novel, 'Beyond the Crossroads,' pt. 2
  • Tape: 10 Story: 3 - Eugenia Collier remembers publishing 'Breeder and Other Stories'
  • Tape: 10 Story: 4 - Eugenia Collier talks about the inspiration for her short stories
  • Tape: 10 Story: 5 - Eugenia Collier remembers retiring from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 10 Story: 6 - Eugenia Collier describes her novel, 'The Day the Gods Wept'
  • Tape: 10 Story: 7 - Eugenia Collier talks about her current writing projects
  • Tape: 10 Story: 8 - Eugenia Collier recalls moving to the Charleston Retirement Community in Catonsville, Maryland
  • Tape: 10 Story: 9 - Eugenia Collier shares her advice to young writers
  • Tape: 11 Story: 1 - Eugenia Collier talks about contemporary African American writers
  • Tape: 11 Story: 2 - Eugenia Collier describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 11 Story: 3 - Eugenia Collier reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 11 Story: 4 - Eugenia Collier reflects upon her professional legacy
  • Tape: 11 Story: 5 - Eugenia Collier talks about her family
  • Tape: 11 Story: 6 - Eugenia Collier describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 11 Story: 7 - Eugenia Collier narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 11 Story: 8 - Eugenia Collier narrates her photographs, pt. 2
  • Tape: 12 Story: 1 - Eugenia Collier narrates her photographs, pt. 3