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The Honorable Dorothy Tillman

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Civil Rights Activist
City Alderman

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
5/12/1947
Birth Location:
Montgomery, Alabama

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Civil Rights Activist
City Alderman

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
5/12/1947
Birth Location:
Montgomery
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Biography

Civil rights activist and former city alderman Dorothy Wright Tillman was born on May 12, 1947 in Montgomery, Alabama, and joined the Civil Rights Movement at the age of sixteen.

As a trainee and a field staff organizer with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) she fought for equality and political consciousness. She helped Dr. King organize in Chicago, where she met her future husband and father of her children, Jimmy Lee Tillman. She also participated in the march on the Edmund-Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. This march, later known as Bloody Sunday, was a turning point in the battle to insure the right to vote for African American citizens.

Tillman and her husband Jimmy moved to San Francisco soon after they were married, where she successfully mobilized residents in her public housing community in a battle for local public transportation. After the family moved back to Chicago, Tillman organized a group of concerned parents and fought for quality education in their community. She founded the Parent Equalizers of Chicago, with over 300 schools participating. This set the groundwork for school reform in Chicago.

In 1985, Tillman became the first woman to serve as alderman of Chicago's Third Ward. As a major political figure in Chicago, she has been highly involved in numerous community-building activities, including projects related to issues of inner-city education, housing and homelessness. Tillman has also been an influential player in the movement for slave reparations. She has received numerous awards and recognition for her local, national and global activism and has been featured in various books and television features.

Dorothy Tillman was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on September 5, 2002.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Dorothy Tillman's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Dorothy Tillman lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Dorothy Tillman describes her grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Dorothy Tillman remembers the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Dorothy Tillman recalls growing up in the Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Dorothy Tillman describes her family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Dorothy Tillman describes her personality as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Dorothy Tillman describes her experiences at school
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Dorothy Tillman talks about her teachers
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Dorothy Tillman remembers clashing with the principal
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Dorothy Tillman talks about youth activism yesterday and today
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Dorothy Tillman describes the sights, sounds, and smells of growing up in Montgomery, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Dorothy Tillman describes her involvement with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Dorothy Tillman talks about the art of being a nonviolent scientist
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Dorothy Tillman recalls Bloody Sunday in Selma, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Dorothy Tillman describes the aftermath of Bloody Sunday in Selma, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Dorothy Tillman talks about moving to Chicago, Illinois in 1965
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Dorothy Tillman talks about Dr. King's discomfort in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Dorothy Tillman shares her impressions of Chicago, Illinois in 1965
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Dorothy Tillman describes the different approaches within the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Dorothy Tillman talks about the Civil Rights backlash
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Dorothy Tillman talks about her family
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Dorothy Tillman describes her decision to run for alderman in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Dorothy Tillman talks about how her hats became her trademark
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Dorothy Tillman describes Mayor Harold Washington
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Dorothy Tillman describes how she weathered certain political challenges
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Dorothy Tillman talks about African American economic inequality
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Dorothy Tillman describes her work on behalf of the reparations movement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Dorothy Tillman talks about her political actions in favor of reparations
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Dorothy Tillman shares her views on the future of the reparations movement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Dorothy Tillman describes her definition of reparations
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Dorothy Tillman reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Dorothy Tillman narrates her photographs