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Frances T. Matlock

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Elementary School Teacher

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Turquoise
Favorite Food:
Chicken, Chocolate, Steak, Ice Cream
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
1/6/1907
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Elementary School Teacher

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Turquoise
Favorite Food:
Chicken, Chocolate, Steak, Ice Cream
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
1/6/1907
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Honored teacher and advisor, Frances Matlock was born in Chicago on January 6, 1907. She attended Proviso East High School, where she was the only black student in her 1924 graduating class. While a student, several exceptional teachers inspired Matlock to pursue a career in education. She earned an associate's degree from Chicago Normal College (now Chicago State University) and a bachelor's degree in Education from Northwestern University in 1928.

Matlock's prolific career has included work in elementary education as well as civic and community activism. She taught Social Studies for the Chicago Public School system at Hayes Elementary School and Forestville Elementary School from 1933-1972, and served on the Chicago Public School's Board of Education. She acted as an advisor to the NAACP's Youth Leadership Council from 1935-1941, overseeing the early efforts of such notables as Dr. Margaret Burroughs, founder of the African American Museum of Black History; Gwendolyn Brooks, Pulitzer Prize winning poet; and John Johnson, publisher of Ebony and Jet magazines. The council fostered the growth of these future leaders by participating in marches and demonstrations in protest of lynching. Shortly thereafter, Matlock put her public relations talents to work to help raise the funds to establish the Southside Community Art Center, which was dedicated by Eleanor Roosevelt in 1941. Matlock worked on a national level as a public relations and publicity assistant for the original March-On-Washington, in which demonstrators demanded that President Roosevelt provide jobs for Blacks in the World War II defense plants. From 1953-1993 she served as publicity chairman and archivist for the Chicago Chapter of The Links, Inc., an organization that provides financial support to college-bound youth.

Her interests and activities are international in scope. For her years of support and dedication to the Jamaican community, Matlock received Special Recognition from the Consul of Jamaica. In addition, Matlock was granted a Golden Alumnus Award from Chicago State University in 1999. The following year, Operation Uplift honored her with their Golden Heritage Award. In acknowledgment of her role as a teacher and mentor, and her unyielding work for her community, Matlock has been inducted into the Chicago Senior Citizen's Hall of Fame.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Frances T. Matlock's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Frances T. Matlock lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Frances T. Matlock talks about her family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Frances T. Matlock talks about her father's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Frances T. Matlock describes her grandmother, Lydia Baird Bundy
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Frances T. Matlock describes moving from Chicago, Illinois to Maywood in 1912
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Frances T. Matlock describes her childhood in Maywood, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Frances T. Matlock describes her mother's civic involvement
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Frances T. Matlock describes visiting the wreckage of the SS Eastland in 1915
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Frances T. Matlock remembers meeting a stranger at the Decoration Day parade in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Frances T. Matlock remembers meeting a doctor on a streetcar near Mary Thompson Hospital in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Frances T. Matlock remembers her childhood experience at Mary Thompson Hospital in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Frances T. Matlock describes seeing the bandleader James Reese Europe perform in a parade
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Frances T. Matlock describes her relationship with her father
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Frances T. Matlock describes her experience working while attending college
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Frances T. Matlock describes her experience at Proviso High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Frances T. Matlock describes a teacher who helped her
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Frances T. Matlock remembers being asked by a classmate when she had no dance partner at Proviso High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Frances T. Matlock describes a racist comment made by a high school classmate
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Frances T. Matlock describes her experiences with discrimination at Proviso High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Frances T. Matlock describes her experience at Chicago Normal School and Northwestern University, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Frances T. Matlock describes her experience at Chicago Normal School and Northwestern University, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Frances T. Matlock describes her early experiences as a teacher, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Frances T. Matlock describes her early experiences as a teacher, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Frances T. Matlock describes her experience with the NAACP Youth Council, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Frances T. Matlock describes her experience with the NAACP Youth Council, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Frances T. Matlock describes planning a dance for the NAACP Youth Council
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Frances T. Matlock describes supervising the selection of social studies textbooks for Chicago Public Schools
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Frances T. Matlock talks about the historical subjects that she thought important to to black students
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Frances T. Matlock talks about buying books from black historian Frederick H. Hammurabi Robb
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Frances T. Matlock talks about mentoring Gwendolyn Brooks and HistoryMakers John H. Johnson and Dr. Margaret Burroughs as youth in the NAACP Youth Council
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Frances T. Matlock describes the fundraising activities of her friend Gloria Wailes
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Frances T. Matlock describes her experience with the Children's Theatre Group of Chicago
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Frances T. Matlock describes her experience training hostesses at Servicemen's Center Number Three during World War II
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Frances T. Matlock describes the founding of the South Side Community Art Center
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Frances T. Matlock talks about her travels to Trinidad and Jamaica
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Frances T. Matlock talks about her two marriages
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Frances T. Matlock talks about some of the royalty that she met from Jamaica and Trinidad
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Frances T. Matlock talks about Haiti
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Frances T. Matlock talks about her experience teaching at Forestville Elementary School
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Frances T. Matlock reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Frances T. Matlock describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Frances T. Matlock reflects upon her parents
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Frances T. Matlock talks about the younger people who treat her like a mother
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Frances T. Matlock describes her concerns for youth facing addiction
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Frances T. Matlock shares her opinion about The HistoryMakers
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Frances T. Matlock narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Frances T. Matlock narrates her photographs, pt. 2