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The Honorable Monica Stewart

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Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
State Representative
State Government Official

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Peach
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Chicago, Illinois
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
9/3/1952
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
State Representative
State Government Official

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Peach
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Chicago, Illinois
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
9/3/1952
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Monica Faith Stewart was born on September 3, 1952, in Chicago, Illinois, to Clarence and Lois Stewart. She graduated in 1975 from Vassar College with a degree in history. Stewart is also a graduate of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Stewart first got involved with politics during Ralph Metcalfe's campaign for United States Congress. Then in 1977, Stewart ran for office for the first time. She ran for Alderman for Chicago's 8th Ward and won. Stewart was also a part of Harold Washington's 1983 mayoral campaign. Stewart later had a falling out with Harold Washington which symbolizes her independent thinking as a politician.

In 1981, Stewart was sworn in as a State Representative in the Illinois General Assembly, where she served on the Executive and Public Utilities Committees. Stewart was also part of the Rape Study Commission. Since her first visit to South African as an international observer for the 1994 election that made Nelson Mandela president, she has served as the Director of the Illinois Office of Trade and Investment in that country, providing consultation for the public and private sectors. Stewart was also appointed to the South African law project in 2000.

Stewart has also lectured in public administration and was director of Policy and Development for the North Central Regional Education Laboratory. Stewart has served on the board of directors of the Peace Museum and the Paul Hall Boys Club.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Monica Faith Stewart interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Monica Faith Stewart lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Monica Faith Stewart recalls her father's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Monica Faith Stewart remembers her mother's family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Monica Faith Stewart lists her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Monica Faith Stewart recounts her childhood experiences of race and segregation
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Monica Faith Stewart reflects on her childhood personality, influences, and aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Monica Faith Stewart recounts her experiences at Vassar College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Monica Faith Stewart recalls her first involvement in a political campaign
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Monica Faith Stewart remembers her run for alderman of Chicago's 8th Ward
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Monica Faith Stewart explains her decision to run for the Illinois State Assembly
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Monica Faith Stewart outlines her experiences in the Illinois State Assembly
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Monica Faith Stewart recalls the issues that defined her term as Illinois State Representative
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Monica Faith Stewart discusses her involvement in the Black Caucus and "Catfish Row"
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Monica Faith Stewart opines on independent political movement in the Black community
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Monica Faith Stewart remembers specific challenges she faced as a female State Representative
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Monica Faith Stewart remembers Corneal Davis
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Monica Faith Stewart opines on the importance of state legislatures
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Monica Faith Stewart shares her opinion of the 'Pioneers in the Struggle' project
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Monica Faith Stewart recalls the balance of isolation and camaraderie in the Illinois Assembly
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Monica Faith Stewart recounts her participation in the 1983 Harold Washington campaign
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Monica Faith Stewart discusses the aftermath of her falling-out with Harold Washington
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Monica Faith Stewart recalls her appointment to the South Africa law project
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Monica Faith Stewart explains how she became involved with South Africa
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Monica Faith Stewart discusses her current work in Illinois and South Africa
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Monica Faith Stewart recalls her initial sense of isolation in South Africa
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Monica Faith Stewart shares her plans for the future
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Monica Faith Stewart considers her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Monica Faith Stewart discusses black politicians responsibilities to constituents