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Jack Arnett Kirkland

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator
Social Work Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Corn
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Scandinavia
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
10/28/1931
Birth Location:
Blythedale, Pennsylvania

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator
Social Work Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Corn
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Scandinavia
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
10/28/1931
Birth Location:
Blythedale
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Biography

Multicultural education expert Jack Arnett Kirkland was born on October 28, 1931, in the coal mining town of Blythedale, Pennsylvania, to Anna Mae Kirkland and Aaron Kirkland. Kirkland attended Syracuse University, where he was a member of the Phi Delta Kappa Honor Society, and received his B.A. degree in international relations in 1959. Two years later, Kirkland received his M.S. degree in social services from Syracuse University.

In 1964, Kirkland became chair of St. Louis University’s Social Group Work Program, a position he would serve in for six years. During this time, Kirkland directed the Peace Corps training in Latin America for community development from 1964 until 1967. In 1970, Kirkland became an associate professor at Washington University at St. Louis’ George Warren Brown School of Social Work. Kirkland taught classes in the rehabilitation of depressed communities and, while on sabbatical, served as the Jeff-Vander-Lou Development Corporation’s director of economic development, working on the development of the depressed Jeff-Vander-Lou section of St. Louis.

Kirkland co-founded the Black Studies Department (now African American Studies) at Washington University in 1974, becoming chair of the department that same year. He left in 1976, becoming Missouri’s director of transportation as a member of the governor’s cabinet, where he would remain for two years. Shortly thereafter, Kirkland was invited to the White House by President Jimmy Carter and also made a trip to visit with Vice President Mondale at the Blair House.

Returning from public service in 1980, Kirkland chaired the Economic Development Concentration at Washington University’s School of Social Work, and would work within this department for the rest of the decade. In 1988, Kirkland received a Most Outstanding Teacher Award for the college’s School of Social Work, and in 1990, was featured in the St. Louis Sun’s Great Teachers Series. Kirkland joined the National Association of Child Care Workers’ meeting in Capetown, South Africa, in 1995, meeting with Desmond Tutu and speaking publicly in both Port Elizabeth and Mmabatho, South Africa.

Kirkland continues to consult on issues of racial, ethnic, and cultural sensitivity for a variety of school districts nationwide, as well as for corporations throughout the Midwest. Kirkland has also testified as an expert witness for five Congressional Committees and has acted as advisor for the Native Americans of the Southwest Division of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Kirkland is married to Iris McWherter Kirkland, and they have three children, Jack, Jr., Adrianne, and Kelly.

Jack Kirkland was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on October 15, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Jack Arnett Kirkland's interview, session 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Jack Arnett Kirkland lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Jack Arnett Kirkland describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Jack Arnett Kirkland describes his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Jack Arnett Kirkland describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Jack Arnett Kirkland describes his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Jack Arnett Kirkland talks about how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Jack Arnett Kirkland describes his likeness to his parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Jack Arnett Kirkland lists his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Jack Arnett Kirkland describes his neighborhood in Blythedale, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Jack Arnett Kirkland remembers the flooding of the Youghiogheny River
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Jack Arnett Kirkland recalls his route to P.S. 11 in Blythedale, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Jack Arnett Kirkland remembers his early influences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Jack Arnett Kirkland remembers his childhood friends
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Jack Arnett Kirkland remembers the popularity of golf in his community
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Jack Arnett Kirkland talks about the legacy of Julius Richardson
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Jack Arnett Kirkland describes the community of Blythedale, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Jack Arnett Kirkland remembers the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Blythedale, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Jack Arnett Kirkland remembers his pastimes in Blythedale, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Jack Arnett Kirkland remembers his relationship with his father
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Jack Arnett Kirkland recalls annual flooding in Blythedale, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Jack Arnett Kirkland talks about the influence of labor unions
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Jack Arnett Kirkland recalls the political corruption in Blythedale, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Jack Arnett Kirkland recalls his early activities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Jack Arnett Kirkland describes his early education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Jack Arnett Kirkland remembers joining the U.S. Air Force
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Jack Arnett Kirkland describes his experiences in the U.S. Air Force, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Jack Arnett Kirkland describes his experiences in the U.S. Air Force, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Jack Arnett Kirkland recalls his time in Liverpool, England
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Jack Arnett Kirkland describes his undergraduate studies at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Jack Arnett Kirkland recalls working at Huntington Family Centers in Syracuse, New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Jack Arnett Kirkland remembers Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Jack Arnett Kirkland recalls teaching at St. Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Jack Arnett Kirkland remembers training Peace Corps volunteers
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Jack Arnett Kirkland remembers the welfare rights movement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Jack Arnett Kirkland remembers the student protests of the 1970s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Jack Arnett Kirkland remembers training volunteers for the Peace Corps
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Jack Arnett Kirkland talks about the Model Cities program, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Jack Arnett Kirkland talks about the Model Cities program, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Jack Arnett Kirkland talks about the Model Cities program, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Jack Arnett Kirkland describes the importance of land ownership
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Jack Arnett Kirkland describes the economic challenges facing the black community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Jack Arnett Kirkland shares his predictions for future cities
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Jack Arnett Kirkland recalls the demolition of the Pruitt-Igoe public housing project in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Jack Arnett Kirkland describes the displacement of low-income communities
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Jack Arnett Kirkland talks about the importance of community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Jack Arnett Kirkland describes the importance of black history education
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Jack Arnett Kirkland talks about African American studies
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Slating of Jack Arnett Kirkland's interview, session 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Jack Arnett Kirkland remembers his introduction to African American studies
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Jack Arnett Kirkland recalls the demand for black history education
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Jack Arnett Kirkland talks about the perpetuation of negative stereotypes
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Jack Arnett Kirkland remembers researching black history
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Jack Arnett Kirkland talks about the popular depictions of Africa
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Jack Arnett Kirkland describes the conventional history curriculum
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Jack Arnett Kirkland talks about Black History Month
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Jack Arnett Kirkland recalls developing a black studies curriculum
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Jack Arnett Kirkland describes the start of the black studies program at Washington University in St. Louis
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Jack Arnett Kirkland recalls mentoring black students at Washington University in St. Louis
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Jack Arnett Kirkland describes the shortcomings of social science research
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Jack Arnett Kirkland recalls his introduction to state politics
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Jack Arnett Kirkland recalls serving as Missouri's transportation director
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Jack Arnett Kirkland describes his achievements as the director of transportation
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Jack Arnett Kirkland recalls his return to Washington University in St. Louis
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Jack Arnett Kirkland talks about community wealth
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Jack Arnett Kirkland describes the Neighborhood Council in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Jack Arnett Kirkland lists his teaching awards
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Jack Arnett Kirkland describes the history of public housing
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Jack Arnett Kirkland talks about urban transportation
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Jack Arnett Kirkland describes his plans for the future
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Jack Arnett Kirkland describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Jack Arnett Kirkland reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Jack Arnett Kirkland reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 10 - Jack Arnett Kirkland describes his family
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Jack Arnett Kirkland describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Jack Arnett Kirkland narrates his photographs