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Gloria Owens Hemphill

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Foundation Executive
Education Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Yellow
Favorite Food:
Potatoes (Mashed)
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Union Pier, Michigan and Cancun, Mexico
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
8/8/1932
Birth Location:
Cleveland, Ohio

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Foundation Executive
Education Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Yellow
Favorite Food:
Potatoes (Mashed)
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Union Pier, Michigan and Cancun, Mexico
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
8/8/1932
Birth Location:
Cleveland
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Biography

The daughter of Olympic track star Jesse Owens, Gloria Owens Hemphill was born on August 8, 1932, in Cleveland. She earned her B.S. in education in 1953 from the Ohio State University in Columbus, her father's alma mater, and an M.S. from the University of Chicago in education.

After earning her master's degree, Hemphill worked for the Chicago Board of Education, serving as staff assistant and coordinator for the Department of Government Funded Programs, the Department of Equal Educational Opportunity Programs and the Department of Curriculum. Hemphill is the former cadre liaison for the University of Chicago's Ford Training and Placement Program.

Following the death of her father, Hemphill, her sisters and close family friends established the Jesse Owens Foundation in 1980. Hemphill serves as scholarship chairperson and vice chairperson of the board of the Foundation, which seeks to instill Owens' spirit in youth and provides scholarship assistance to students from around the country.

Hemphill also serves as a member of the board of directors of the International Amateur Athletic Association and Up With People. A member of Phi Delta Kappa, the Urban League and the United Negro College Fund, she has also participated with the Windy City Chapter of the Links since 1987. As community service chair and president of her chapter, Hemphill was instrumental in the creation of a Link-Habitat for Humanity home in Harvey, Illinois, and a Seasoned With Love collection of recipes from the Chicago Area Cluster Chapters of the Links. She has two adult daughters and resides in Chicago with her husband, Malcolm M. Hemphill, Jr.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Gloria Hemphill's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Gloria Hemphill describes her family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Gloria Hemphill describes her relationships with her grandmothers
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Gloria Hemphill describes her childhood home and her neighborhood in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Gloria Hemphill talks about her father, Jesse Owens
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Gloria Hemphill reflects upon growing up as the child of a famous father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Gloria Hemphill describes her experience at John J. Pershing High School in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Gloria Hemphill remembers two influential teachers
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Gloria Hemphill describes her activities in high school
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Gloria Hemphill describes her academic performance in high school
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Gloria Hemphill lists her favorites
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Gloria Hemphill describes her father's annual birthday celebrations in Union Pier, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Gloria Hemphill shares her love of Cancun, Mexico
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Gloria Hemphill talks about her two daughters, Gina Hemphill-Strachan and Marlene Hemphill Dortch
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Gloria Hemphill talks about her first teaching job at Burke Elementary School in Chicago, Illinois where she met her husband, HistoryMaker Malcolm Hemphill, Jr.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Gloria Hemphill describes the nurturing professional environment at Burke Elementary School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Gloria Hemphill describes why she left her teaching position at Beethoven Elementary School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Gloria Hemphill describes her graduate school experience and her career in the Chicago Public Schools
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Gloria Hemphill describes the highlights and challenges of her teaching career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Gloria Hemphill describes her decision to become an educator
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Gloria Hemphill reflects upon her years at Beethoven Elementary School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Gloria Hemphill describes the staunch support her father, Jesse Owens, had for the Olympic Games
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Gloria Hemphill talks about her family's summer home in Union Pier, Michigan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Gloria Hemphill talks about her father's friendship with boxing legend Joe Louis
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Gloria Hemphill describes the generosity of her father, Jesse Owens
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Gloria Hemphill talks about her parents' marriage
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Gloria Hemphill describes the end of her father's life
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Gloria Hemphill reflects upon the legacy of her father, Jesse Owens, and the work of the foundation bearing his name
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Gloria Hemphill talks about the Jesse Owens Foundation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Gloria Hemphill shares her values for family and community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Gloria Hemphill talks about building a Habitat for Humanity home through The Links, Incorporated, pt.1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Gloria Hemphill talks about building a Habitat for Humanity home through The Links, Incorporated, pt.2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Gloria Hemphill expresses her pride in the Owens family legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Gloria Hemphill's personal photographs