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The Honorable John Rogers, Sr.

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
MilitaryMakers
Occupation(s):
Juvenile Court Judge
Tuskegee Airman

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

Born:
9/3/1918
Birth Location:
Knoxville, Tennessee

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
MilitaryMakers
Occupation(s):
Juvenile Court Judge
Tuskegee Airman

Favorites

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

Birthplace

Born:
9/3/1918
Birth Location:
Knoxville
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Biography

John Rogers, Sr. was born on September 3, 1918, in Knoxville, Tennessee. His mother died when he was four and his father died when he was twelve. Rogers and his sisters moved to Chicago, Illinois, to live with an uncle, Henry Tanner, who was very benevolent and proved to be a great role model for Rogers.

From a young age, Rogers wanted to fly. After receiving his pilot's license, he got the chance of a lifetime when he was drafted into the U.S. Air Force. He was shipped off to Tuskegee, Alabama, where he became part of the legendary 99th Squadron of the Tuskegee Airmen. As an Airman he excelled, gaining a reputation as a combat pilot and flying more than 100 missions. By 1944 Rogers gained the rank of captain.

Upon his return to Chicago, Rogers decided he did not want to be a teacher and applied to law school at the University of Chicago. While there, he met and married Jewel Stradford, the daughter of a prominent family and a fellow law school student. Rogers served on the bench in Illinois as a Juvenile Court judge for twenty-one years. During that time, he developed a strong reputation as a justice who was both committed and fair.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - John Rogers, Sr.'s favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - John Rogers, Sr. recalls his childhood environs, Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - John Rogers, Sr. describes his family life
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - John Rogers, Sr. recalls segregated Chicago
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - John Rogers, Sr. remembers his school life
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - John Rogers, Sr. reflects on his early interest in aviation
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - John Rogers, Sr. recounts his early employment in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - John Rogers, Sr. remembers his uncle
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - John Rogers, Sr. discusses his college prospects
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - John Rogers, Sr. describes his experience as a teacher in Chicago
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - John Rogers, Sr. remembers segregation at the time of his military enlistment
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - John Rogers Sr. recalls training with the Tuskegee Airmen
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - John Rogers Sr. relates instances of discrimination in the army
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - John Rogers Sr. describes being a combat pilot in World War II
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - John Rogers Sr. recounts his experiences in North Africa during World War II
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - John Rogers Sr. remembers flying over Sicily as a World War II combat pilot
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - John Rogers Sr. recalls other flying experiences in World War II
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - John Rogers Sr. discusses what made him a good combat pilot
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - John Rogers Sr. recalls his return to the U.S. after World War II
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - John Rogers Sr. relates why he went to law school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - John Rogers Sr. describes his law school experiences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - John Rogers Sr. remembers meeting his wife
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - John Rogers Sr. recounts his early marriage and career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - John Rogers Sr. discusses changes in the social and legal environment from the 1950s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - John Rogers Sr. recalls his work to end discrimination
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - John Rogers Sr. remembers Walter White and Thurgood Marshall
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - John Rogers Sr. discusses his wife and son
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - John Rogers Sr. describes his work as a juvenile court judge
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - John Rogers Sr. reflects on his life and career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - John Rogers Sr. shares his opinion of Dempsey Travis