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The Honorable Joan Scott Wallace

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator
Cabinet Appointee

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Ice Cream (Sugar-free)
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Fall, Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Chicago, Illinois
Favorite Quote:
When The Door Of Opportunity Opens, Be Ready To Put Your Foot In, And Leave It Open For Your Brother And Sister.

Birthplace

Born:
11/8/1930
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator
Cabinet Appointee

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Ice Cream (Sugar-free)
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Fall, Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Chicago, Illinois
Favorite Quote:
When The Door Of Opportunity Opens, Be Ready To Put Your Foot In, And Leave It Open For Your Brother And Sister.

Birthplace

Born:
11/8/1930
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Academic administrator and cabinet appointee The Honorable Joan Scott Wallacewas born in Chicago, Illinois on November 8, 1930. Her mother, Esther, worked as a social worker, and her father, William Edouard, was a painter during the Harlem Renaissance. Many of his works appeared as covers on the NAACP’s magazine, The Crisis. After graduating from Englewood High School in Chicago in 1948, Wallace attended Bradley University, earning a B.A. in social work. Wallace then went on to attend Columbia University, earning a master’s in social work in 1958, and later earned a Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 1973.

Beginning her career with the government during the Carter administration, Wallace was named Assistant Secretary of Agriculture in 1977. There she managed administration policy in personnel, equal opportunity and administrative law among other duties. She held that post until 1981, when she became the head of the International Cooperation and Development Agency. In that position, Wallace sent specialists to 100 foreign countries to provide technical assistance in agriculture and managed over 500 research programs. With the election of George H. W. Bush as president, Wallace was a diplomat with the rank of ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago and represented the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture.

Wallace retired from the government shortly after the election of President Clinton, and then became the CEO of Americans for Democracy in Africa, a non-profit organization that monitored elections in African countries. Wallace has also served as dean of the Howard University School of Social Work, the director of the Western Michigan School of Social Work and the vice president for administration at Morgan State University. She also was the first female vice president of the National Urban League under Vernon E. Jordan, Jr.

Wallace passed away on March 15, 2018.

Since 2000, Wallace has been the commissioner of Volunteer Florida: the Governor’s Commission on Community Service.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - The Honorable Joan Scott Wallace talks about her maternal family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - The Honorable Joan Scott Wallace describes her mother's early life in West Virginia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - The Honorable Joan Scott Wallace talks about her paternal family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - The Honorable Joan Scott Wallace talks about her paternal great-grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - The Honorable Joan Scott Wallace describes how her father, William Edouard Scott, began his career as a painter
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - The Honorable Joan Scott Wallace describes how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - The Honorable Joan Scott Wallace describes her parents' personalities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - The Honorable Joan Scott Wallace recalls her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - The Honorable Joan Scott Wallace describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - The Honorable Joan Scott Wallace talks about living in the Rosenwald Apartments in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - The Honorable Joan Scott Wallace describes her childhood personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - The Honorable Joan Scott Wallace talks about the Abraham Lincoln Center in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - The Honorable Joan Scott Wallace describes moving to a new elementary school in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - The Honorable Joan Scott Wallace talks about the ethnic makeup of the Oakland neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - The Honorable Joan Scott Wallace describes her experiences at Austin O. Sexton Elementary School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - The Honorable Joan Scott Wallace talks about donating her father's work for the American Negro Exposition in Chicago to the Schomburg Center in New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - The Honorable Joan Scott Wallace talks about her father's work and religious affiliation
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - The Honorable Joan Scott Wallace describes her academic interests
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - The Honorable Joan Scott Wallace recalls her experience at Englewood High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - The Honorable Joan Scott Wallace describes her teachers and career aspirations at Englewood High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - The Honorable Joan Scott Wallace recalls attending Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - The Honorable Joan Scott Wallace talks about her interests at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois and HistoryMaker Reverend C.T. Vivian
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - The Honorable Joan Scott Wallace describes her personality during her time at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - The Honorable Joan Scott Wallace recalls traveling to Puerto Rico for a summer work program during her college years
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - The Honorable Joan Scott Wallace recalls getting married while attending Columbia University School of Social Work in New York, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - The Honorable Joan Scott Wallace describes her experience at Columbia University School of Social Work In New York, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - The Honorable Joan Scott Wallace talks about eloping with her first husband, John H. Wallace, in 1953
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - The Honorable Joan Scott Wallace talks about the various work she did between getting her master's degree and her Ph.D.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - The Honorable Joan Scott Wallace describes her dissertation project at Barat College in Lake Forest, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - The Honorable Joan Scott Wallace describes the positions she held at the School of Social Work at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - The Honorable Joan Scott Wallace talks about her experience as vice president of the National Urban League in New York, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - The Honorable Joan Scott Wallace describes her experience as vice president of Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - The Honorable Joan Scott Wallace talks about her two husbands and her remarriage to her first husband
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - The Honorable Joan Scott Wallace describes being hired as assistant secretary for the administration with the United States Department of Agriculture
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - The Honorable Joan Scott Wallace talks about why she was considered for a job with the United States Department of Agriculture
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - The Honorable Joan Scott Wallace describes the work environment at the United States Department of Agriculture in 1977
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - The Honorable Joan Scott Wallace describes her work for HBCUs in the United States Department of Agriculture
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - The Honorable Joan Scott Wallace talks about her goals and challenges at the United States Department of Agriculture
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - The Honorable Joan Scott Wallace talks about her second husband's work during the late 1970s and early 1980s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - The Honorable Joan Scott Wallace talks about her work with African American farmers at the United States Department of Agriculture
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - The Honorable Joan Scott Wallace describes her work with the Office of International Cooperation and Development
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - The Honorable Joan Scott Wallace talks about living in Trinidad
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - The Honorable Joan Scott Wallace describes her activities since retirement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - The Honorable Joan Scott Wallace talks about visiting Nigeria with Americans for Democracy in Africa and the Abacha Administration in Nigeria
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - The Honorable Joan Scott Wallace talks about the controversial 1993 election in Nigeria
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - The Honorable Joan Scott Wallace describes her experience visiting Sudan with Americans for African Democracy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - The Honorable Joan Scott Wallace describes her hopes for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - The Honorable Joan Scott Wallace reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - The Honorable Joan Scott Wallace reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - The Honorable Joan Scott Wallace describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - The Honorable Joan Scott Wallace narrates her photographs