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Irma Daniels

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
High School Health Teacher

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Red
Favorite Food:
Cake (Red Velvet)
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Paris, France, New York City
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
4/21/1949
Birth Location:
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
High School Health Teacher

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Red
Favorite Food:
Cake (Red Velvet)
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Paris, France, New York City
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
4/21/1949
Birth Location:
Milwaukee
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Biography

Educator Irma Daniels was born Irma Dean Hall on April 21, 1949 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Levester Powell Hall and Daisy Lee Hortman Hall. Raised in the Brewer’s Hill section of Milwaukee, Daniels’ family were members of the Bethesda Church of God in Christ. She attended Palmer Elementary School, Twelfth Street School, Robert Fulton Junior High School and graduated as an honor student from North Division High School in 1966. Attending Oshkosh State University, Daniels graduated in 1971 with her B.S. degree in education.

After teaching for a year in Fondulac, Wisconsin, Daniels married John W. Daniels, Jr. in 1972 and accompanied him to Boston, Massachusetts. There, she taught health and coached a championship girls basketball team. In 1974, Daniels returned to Milwaukee and worked in City Hall for a short time. In 1975, she was hired by Milwaukee Public Schools where she taught elementary and middle school. In 1978, Daniels joined Lady Pitts School Age Parent Center which was founded on January 25, 1966, through the efforts of forty black women known as the “Our Concern Committee.” They were concerned about the school policy of requiring pregnant students to drop out of school. The first school was above the Shiloh Tabernacle and was a privately run school with MPS support services, similar to the present-day partnership schools. Lady Pitts became part of MPS in the early 1970s. The school provides comprehensive services to 200 pregnant students, grades six through twelve and a special completion program with job training for forty-five parenting students with twelve or more credits. At Lady Pitts, Daniels taught prenatal health until her retirement.

Daniels is a member of Holy Redeemer Church of God in Chritst, where she is actively involved in the youth ministry. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the Links and the Bethesda Senior Citizens Board. She and her husband, John, have a son and a daughter.

Daniels was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on November 26, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Irma Daniels' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Irma Daniels lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Irma Daniels describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Irma Daniels describes the Smith Settlement in Gibsland, Louisiana
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Irma Daniels talks about the history of African American dispossession, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Irma Daniels talks about the history of African American dispossession, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Irma Daniels talks about her mother's education and career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Irma Daniels describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Irma Daniels describes her father's education and career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Irma Daniels remembers her father's personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Irma Daniels describes her mother's personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Irma Daniels describes how her parents met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Irma Daniels remembers her relationship with her father
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Irma Daniels describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Irma Daniels recalls her neighborhood in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Irma Daniels describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Irma Daniels recalls her experiences in the Church of God in Christ
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Irma Daniels recalls the entertainment of her youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Irma Daniels lists her siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Irma Daniels remembers her early education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Irma Daniels describes her success as a student
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Irma Daniels talks about her extracurricular activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Irma Daniels recalls her decision to attend Wisconsin State University-Oshkosh
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Irma Daniels remembers segregation in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Irma Daniels recalls the racial demographics of Milwaukee's high schools
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Irma Daniels remembers her college aspirations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Irma Daniels describes her experiences of discrimination at Wisconsin State University-Oshkosh
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Irma Daniels remembers occupying the president's office at Wisconsin State University-Oshkosh
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Irma Daniels recalls her temporary expulsion from Wisconsin State University-Oshkosh
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Irma Daniels remembers the support for the Oshkosh 94
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Irma Daniels reflects upon her experiences at Wisconsin State University-Oshkosh
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Irma Daniels recalls her parents' support for her activism
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Irma Daniels remembers teaching in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Irma Daniels remembers the desegregation of the Boston Public Schools
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Irma Daniels recalls coaching basketball at Clarence R. Edwards Junior High School in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Irma Daniels remembers meeting her husband
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Irma Daniels recalls her role at the Lady Pitts School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Irma Daniels describes her philosophy of education
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Irma Daniels describes her experiences as a teacher at the Lady Pitts School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Irma Daniels talks about teenage pregnancy, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Irma Daniels talks about teenage pregnancy, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Irma Daniels reflects upon the parenting practices in the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Irma Daniels recalls her students at the Lady Pitts School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Irma Daniels describes the prenatal training at the Lady Pitts School
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Irma Daniels talks about the perceptions of teenage pregnancy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Irma Daniels describes her organizational involvement
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Irma Daniels describes her concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Irma Daniels reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Irma Daniels reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Irma Daniels talks about her family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Irma Daniels describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Irma Daniels narrates her photographs