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The Honorable Doris Ward

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Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
County Supervisor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
October
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cruises
Favorite Quote:
What Happens To You Is Not Near As Important As How You Handle What Happens To You.

Birthplace

Born:
1/27/1932
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
County Supervisor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
October
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cruises
Favorite Quote:
What Happens To You Is Not Near As Important As How You Handle What Happens To You.

Birthplace

Born:
1/27/1932
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Doris Margaret Ward was born on January 27, 1932, in Chicago, Illinois, to Robbie Floyd and Jesse Keys. Ward’s grandparents, Joseph and Julia Floyd, migrated from the South and settled in Gary, Indiana. Ward grew up in Gary and lived with her grandparents after her parents divorced. Ward’s family also owned a grocery store in the community. Ward attended integrated Frable School from kindergarten through twelfth grade. While there, Ward was a member of the debate team and was queen of the Bud Billiken Parade in Chicago. She also became interested and active in the burgeoning Civil Rights Movement. Ward attended Indiana University and earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education. During and after college, she participated in sit-ins at bars and other public areas in Indiana.

Ward started her career as a teacher, taught in Indiana for ten years and then moved to California. In 1968, Ward decided to continue her education and attended San Francisco State University. After that, Ward began her political career in 1972 when she became a trustee for the San Francisco Community College District. In 1979, Ward became a county supervisor, and in 1990, she became president of the Board of Supervisors. In 1996, Ward was elected San Francisco County Assessor-Recorder. In 2000, Ward served as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention, representing California. In 2006, Ward retired.

Ward lives in San Francisco.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - The Honorable Doris Ward describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - The Honorable Doris Ward describes her maternal family's battles against segregation
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - The Honorable Doris Ward describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - The Honorable Doris Ward recalls being raised by her grandparents and her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - The Honorable Doris Ward recalls her extracurricular activities at Gary's Froebel School
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - The Honorable Doris Ward describes her childhood neighborhood in Gary, Indiana
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - The Honorable Doris Ward describes the role of religion in her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - The Honorable Doris Ward recalls her childhood friend in Gary, Indiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - The Honorable Doris Ward recalls damaging her mother's car as a teenager
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - The Honorable Doris Ward recalls being the queen of Chicago's Bud Billiken Parade
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - The Honorable Doris Ward describes influential teachers at Gary's Froebel School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - The Honorable Doris Ward describes her activities at Froebel School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - The Honorable Doris Ward recalls her college plans and her grandfather's death
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - The Honorable Doris Ward describes her experiences at Indiana University Bloomington
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - The Honorable Doris Ward describes her husband, John Ward
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - The Honorable Doris Ward recalls her husband's legal career in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - The Honorable Doris Ward recalls her activities in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - The Honorable Doris Ward recalls her early career in Indiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - The Honorable Doris Ward recalls recruiting black teachers for San Mateo County, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - The Honorable Doris Ward describes African Americans' options for educational jobs
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - The Honorable Doris Ward reflects upon civil rights activists she admires
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - The Honorable Doris Ward describes her work as an educational administrator
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - The Honorable Doris Ward describes her career in elected office
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - The Honorable Doris Ward describes becoming San Francisco's assessor
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - The Honorable Doris Ward recalls her ex-husband, John Ward
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - The Honorable Doris Ward describes her tenure as San Francisco's assessor
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - The Honorable Doris Ward describes San Francisco's transformation during her career in office
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - The Honorable Doris Ward describes demographic changes in San Francisco, California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - The Honorable Doris Ward describes African American political leaders in San Francisco
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - The Honorable Doris Ward recalls her battle with breast cancer
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - The Honorable Doris Ward reflects on treatments for breast cancer
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - The Honorable Doris Ward describes her concerns for youth drug addiction
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - The Honorable Doris Ward reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - The Honorable Doris Ward reflects upon her political career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - The Honorable Doris Ward describes her future goals
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - The Honorable Doris Ward shares a tribute to her mother, Robbie Floyd
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - The Honorable Doris Ward describes how she would like to be remembered, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - The Honorable Doris Ward describes how she would like to be remembered, pt. 2