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Gwendolyn DuBose Rogers

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Education Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Beige
Favorite Food:
Lasagna, Soup
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cruises
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
5/30/1931
Birth Location:
Birmingham, Alabama

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Education Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Beige
Favorite Food:
Lasagna, Soup
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cruises
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
5/30/1931
Birth Location:
Birmingham
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Biography

Educator Gwendolyn DuBose Rogers was born May 30, 1931, in Birmingham, Alabama, the youngest of three children. She graduated from Fairfield High School in 1948 and earned a B.A. in elementary education from Talladega College in 1952. Rogers received her M.S. in education from the University of Chicago the following year and her Ph.D. in educational psychology from Northwestern University in 1980.

From 1953 to 1955, Rogers worked as a primary school teacher in Chicago Heights, and in Chicago Public Schools from 1955 to 1966. She also spent 1958 teaching at the American Dependents' Schools in Toul, France. Beginning in 1966, Rogers worked as curriculum consultant for Head Start, where she remained for the next eleven years. From 1969 to 1975, she served as director of the Early Childhood Center at Walt Disney Magnet School. In 1972, she was hired as a lecturer at Chicago State University. From 1978 to 1979, Rogers was the director of the master’s of teaching program at Northwestern University and from 1979 to 1981, she taught at the Stockton Child-Parent Center. Rogers was then hired as director of the education department of the Chicago Urban League where she advocated for public education from 1981 to 1993. In 1993, she was appointed director of the Department of Internal Affairs for the Chicago Park District, and from there she retired in 2001.

Rogers has served on the Illinois Community College Board, the Art Institute Advisory Committee and the Board of the Chicago Children's Museum. Her numerous awards include: the Kathy Osterman Award – Outstanding Executive Employee (1995), League of Women Voters of Chicago Civic Contribution Award (1993), Women's Hall of Fame, Chicago Human Relations Commission (1990), and the Award of Merit, Northwestern University (1990).

Rogers is married to former Judge John Rogers, Sr. and lives in Chicago.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Gwendolyn DuBose Rogers' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Gwendolyn DuBose Rogers lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Gwendolyn DuBose Rogers talks about her maternal family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Gwendolyn DuBose Rogers talks about her mother and her mother's childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Gwendolyn DuBose Rogers talks about her paternal family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Gwendolyn DuBose Rogers describes her mother's personality and explains how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Gwendolyn DuBose Rogers describes her childhood in Birmingham, Alabama and her step-fathers following her father's death
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Gwendolyn DuBose Rogers recalls the sounds, sights and smells of her childhood in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Gwendolyn DuBose Rogers remembers her school days in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Gwendolyn DuBose Rogers remembers teachers from her elementary and high school years in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Gwendolyn DuBose Rogers talks about attending Fairfield High School in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Gwendolyn DuBose Rogers talks about black neighborhoods and black high schools in and near Birmingham, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Gwendolyn DuBose Rogers recalls her favorite teachers at Fairfield High School and at Talladega College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Gwendolyn DuBose Rogers talks about non-black instructors at Talladega College in Talladega, Alabama and support from Lore and Don Rasmussen
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Gwendolyn DuBose Rogers talks about earning her M.A. degree from the University of Chicago in 1953
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Gwendolyn DuBose Rogers talks about her career path after finishing her M.A. degree
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Gwendolyn DuBose Rogers talks about her teaching philosophy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Gwendolyn DuBose Rogers reflects upon how she related to her staff and encouraged their growth
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Gwendolyn DuBose Rogers describes how she has worked with children over the years
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Gwendolyn DuBose Rogers talks about changes in Head Start and her involvement in Family Focus
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Gwendolyn DuBose Rogers talks about the importance of parental involvement in children's development
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Gwendolyn DuBose Rogers talks about the Chicago Urban League's work concerning education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Gwendolyn DuBose Rogers talks about her work for Chicago Park District
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Gwendolyn DuBose Rogers talks about her work with Friends of the Park in restoring parks in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Gwendolyn DuBose Rogers talks about her work with Friends of the Park in restoring parks in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Gwendolyn DuBose Rogers talks about how her role at the Chicago Park District helped facilitate community engagement in restoring the city's parks
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Gwendolyn DuBose Rogers describes her hopes for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Gwendolyn DuBose Rogers reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Gwendolyn DuBose Rogers reflects upon her life and future goals
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Gwendolyn DuBose Rogers shares her appreciation for her family
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Gwendolyn DuBose Rogers reflects upon how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Gwendolyn DuBose Rogers narrates her photographs