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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Social Activist
Education Consultant

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Orange
Favorite Food:
Pastries
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Near Water, Nature
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
5/19/1948
Birth Location:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Social Activist
Education Consultant

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Orange
Favorite Food:
Pastries
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Near Water, Nature
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
5/19/1948
Birth Location:
Philadelphia
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Biography

Education consultant and life coach Frances Curtis Frazier was born on May 19, 1948 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Patsy Thompson Curtis, a homemaker and William Henry Curtis, a building manager. In 1966, she graduated from Little Flower Catholic High School. After high school, Fran applied to become a Vista Volunteer, the national forerunner of the current Vista Program. She was in one of the first groups of this national initiative for young people to become part of “The Great America”. She studied at John Hopkins University and worked with maternal deprivation babies. Later she was sent to Portsmouth, Virginia in a small community to help residents who were being harassed by the Klu Klux Klan. Fran taught peanut farmers how to read and write. It was after her Vista experience that with the help of a local school principal she entered Norfolk State University and in 1972 received her B.S. degree in special education. Fran received a Master/Doctoral fellowship to attend The Ohio State University and graduated with her M.A. degree in learning disabilities and behavioral disorders in 1973.

In 1986, Frazier was a special education teacher for Columbus City Schools, working primarily with seventh and eighth graders. After working as a special needs coordinator for the National Assault Prevention Center of Columbus, Ohio from 1985 to 1987, Frazier was hired to the executive staff for the Director of the Ohio Department of Human Services. While at the Department of Human Services, Frazier worked for the Office of Minority Family Preservation and Prevention Services and served as an administrator for cultural initiatives. She has also served as an education and school climate consultant for universities, colleges, professional associations, school districts, and social service agencies across the country. Since 1979, Frazier has established programs, conducted retreats and given presentations on issues of sisterhood, spiritual development and self-empowerment.

In her current role, Frazier is the principal investigator of “Rise Sister Rise,” a research study on trauma and resiliency in African American girls that was developed in partnership with the Ohio Department of Mental Health and women’s organizations across the state. Additionally, Frazier serves as a senior associate for Everyday Democracy, an organization that promotes public dialogue and civic engagement in communities and workplaces.

Frazier has received numerous awards and commendations for her work including the Black Family Award from the Columbus Urban League for co-creating “Black Family Week” in the state of Ohio; the “Woman of the Year” Award from the Eldon W. Ward YMCA; the “Women Making A Difference Award for Community Leadership” from the Ohio Department of Health; from Triedstone Missionary Baptist Church she received the “Remarkable Women’s Award” for her work in the Columbus community. She has also garnered the YWCA “Woman of Achievement Award” in Racial Justice and recognition from the State of Ohio for engaging state employees to participate in workplace dialogues on racism. Frazier has received the “Golden Rulers Award” from the Columbus, Ohio School Board. She is also a recipient of the “Living Faith” Award from the Columbus Metropolitan Area Church Council.

Frances Curtis Frazier was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 6, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Frances Frazier's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Frances Frazier lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Frances Frazier talks about her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Frances Frazier describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Frances Frazier talks about her maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Frances Frazier talks about how her mother and how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Frances Frazier recalls advice her mother shared with her as a teenager
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Frances Frazier talks about her father, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Frances Frazier talks about her father, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Frances Frazier talks about her parents' employment as a maid and butler in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Frances Frazier describes her parents' personalities and who she takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Frances Frazier describes her earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Frances Frazier describes her childhood personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Frances Frazier describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Frances Frazier talks about her childhood neighborhood in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Frances Frazier talks about her siblings and attending a Catholic elementary school in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Frances Frazier recalls her experience at St. Elizabeth's Parochial School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Frances Frazier talks about moving to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania's Nicetown neighborhood and attending Catholic schools
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Frances Frazier talks about attending St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania's Nicetown neighborhood
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Frances Frazier talks about her desire as a teenager to become a nun
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Frances Frazier talks about Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Frances Frazier talks about her taste in music as a teenager
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Frances Frazier talks about a turbulent period of her youth and moving into a federal housing project in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Frances Frazier explains how observing domestic violence as an adolescent affected her personality
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Frances Frazier talks about her home life during her high school years
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Frances Frazier talks about writing short stories and plays as a teenager
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Frances Frazier talks about how the 1963 March on Washington influenced her plans for the future
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Frances Frazier talks about her decision to join VISTA after graduating from high school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Frances Frazier talks about joining the VISTA program in 1963
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Frances Frazier talks about a year of service with the VISTA program in the Mount Hermon community of Portsmouth, Virginia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Frances Frazier recalls being threatened by Ku Klux Klan members while serving in the VISTA program in Portsmouth, Virginia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Frances Frazier talks about VISTA training and teaching in Portsmouth, Virginia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Frances Frazier talks about her decision to enroll at Norfolk State College in Norfolk, Virginia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Frances Frazier talks about mentors and her mother's reaction to her rebellious behavior
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Frances Frazier talks about social mores at Norfolk State College during the late 1960s and early 1970s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Frances Frazier talks about black college basketball players during the late 1960s and early 1970s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Frances Frazier talks about the special education program at Norfolk State College in Norfolk, Virginia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Frances Frazier recalls the assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Frances Frazier talks about volunteering in Norfolk, Virginia's Ghent neighborhood while a student at Norfolk State College
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Frances Frazier talks about enrolling in a master's program at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Frances Frazier talks about Dr. Frank Hale and his efforts to increase diversity at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Frances Frazier talks about the transition from Norfolk State College to The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Frances Frazier talks about applying theories in special education to her work with children with learning and behavioral disorders
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Frances Frazier talks about her decision not to complete her doctoral studies at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Frances Frazier talks about teaching boys with behavioral disorders at Buckeye Boys Ranch
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Frances Frazier recounts a spiritual experience she had after her husband's death
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Frances Frazier describes physical and psychological changes she felt after having a spiritual experience
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Frances Frazier talks about the origins of her women's group, A Quality of Sharing
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Frances Frazier talks about the inspiration for and the philosophy of her women's group, A Quality of Change
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Frances Frazier talks about reading women's literature and the early meetings of her women's group, A Quality of Sharing
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Slating of Frances Frazier's interview, session two
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Frances Frazier talks about the philosophy of her women's group, A Quality of Sharing
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Frances Frazier talks about community responses to her women's group, A Quality of Sharing
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Frances Frazier talks about working for the Ohio Association for Retarded Citizens
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Frances Frazier talks about the origins and development of Black Youth Week and Black Family Week in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Frances Frazier talks about Reverend Dr. Charles Booth and her Sunday morning radio show, Focus on the Family
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Frances Frazier talks about her Sunday morning radio show, Focus on the Family
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Frances Frazier talks about her working for the Child Assault Prevention Project
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Frances Frazier talks about the impact of Grace Williams and HistoryMaker Dorothy Height on the YWCA
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Frances Frazier explains her definition of womanism and how it informed the activities of her women's group, A Quality of Sharing
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Frances Frazier talks about African American women leaders of the 19th century
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Frances Frazier talks about attending the Third World Conference on Women in Nairobi, Kenya in 1985
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Frances Frazier describes her experience at the Third World Conference on Women in Nairobi, Kenya
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Frances Frazier talks about organizing around women's health issues in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Frances Frazier talks about attending a women's summit in Moscow, Soviet Union and working for the Ohio Department of Human Services
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Frances Frazier talks about a spiritual calling that influenced her plans for the future
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Frances Frazier explains the role of spiritual directors within the Catholic church
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Frances Frazier talks about the end of her career at the Ohio Department of Human Services
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Frances Frazier talks about the origins of the Women's Day of Prayer in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Frances Frazier talks about Reverend Dr. Leon Troy and Second Baptist Church in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Frances Frazier talks about her relationship with Reverend Dr. Leon Troy
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Frances Frazier describes husbands' reactions to her women's empowerment activities
  • Tape: 9 Story: 8 - Frances Frazier recalls the incident that inspired her to organize a national women's conference
  • Tape: 10 Story: 1 - Frances Frazier explains her motivations for organizing the Conference for the Awakened Woman
  • Tape: 10 Story: 2 - Frances Frazier explains how the Women's Movement stifled the political empowerment of black women, pt. 1
  • Tape: 10 Story: 3 - Frances Frazier explains how the Women's Movement stifled the political empowerment of black women, pt. 2
  • Tape: 10 Story: 4 - Frances Frazier talks about the sabotage of the Conference for Awakened Women in the early 2000s
  • Tape: 10 Story: 5 - Frances Frazier talks about the relationship between the African American community and immigrant groups in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 10 Story: 6 - Frances Frazier talks about the purpose of federal refugee funds
  • Tape: 10 Story: 7 - Frances Frazier talks about early experiences working with girls on issues of aggression and victimization
  • Tape: 11 Story: 1 - Frances Frazier talks about her various professional roles, including consultant and community organizer
  • Tape: 11 Story: 2 - Frances Frazier talks about the origins of the research study, Rise Sister Rise, pt. 1
  • Tape: 11 Story: 3 - Frances Frazier talks about the origins of the research study, Rise Sister Rise, pt. 2
  • Tape: 11 Story: 4 - Frances Frazier talks about the planning period for the research study, Rise Sister Rise
  • Tape: 11 Story: 5 - Frances Frazier talks about the Ohio cities selected for the research study, Rise Sister Rise
  • Tape: 11 Story: 6 - Frances Frazier details the findings of her research study, Rise Sister Rise, pt. 1
  • Tape: 11 Story: 7 - Frances Frazier details the findings of her research study, Rise Sister Rise, pt. 2
  • Tape: 12 Story: 1 - Frances Frazier talks about the Search Institute's 40 Developmental Assets for Adolescents
  • Tape: 12 Story: 2 - Frances Frazier talks about the participant selection process and survey criteria for the research study, Rise Sister Rise
  • Tape: 12 Story: 3 - Frances Frazier talks about partnerships and events organized in the wake of the Rise Sister Rise research study findings
  • Tape: 12 Story: 4 - Frances Frazier talks about her hopes for the research study, Rise Sister Rise
  • Tape: 12 Story: 5 - Frances Frazier talks about partner organizations and funding for the research study, Rise Sister Rise
  • Tape: 12 Story: 6 - Frances Frazier talks about her future plans for the research study, Rise Sister Rise
  • Tape: 12 Story: 7 - Frances Frazier talks about a future event she would like to organize
  • Tape: 12 Story: 8 - Frances Frazier talks about what she would have done differently in life
  • Tape: 12 Story: 9 - Frances Frazier reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 13 Story: 1 - Frances Frazier talks about women she has mentored
  • Tape: 13 Story: 2 - Frances Frazier reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 13 Story: 3 - Frances Frazier describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 13 Story: 4 - Frances Frazier narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 13 Story: 5 - Frances Frazier narrates her photographs, pt. 2