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Joyce E. Tucker

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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Spaghetti
Favorite Time of Year:
September
Favorite Vacation Spot:
San Francisco, California
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
9/21/1948
Birth Location:
Chciago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Spaghetti
Favorite Time of Year:
September
Favorite Vacation Spot:
San Francisco, California
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
9/21/1948
Birth Location:
Chciago
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Biography

Experienced advocate of equal-opportunity employment Joyce Elaine Tucker was born on September 21, 1948 to Howard (George) and Vivian Tucker in Chicago, Illinois. A middle child with two sisters, Tucker attended Irving Elementary School and Proviso East High School in Maywood, Illinois where she received her diploma in 1966. Tucker earned her B.S. degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1970 and began working as a substitute teacher for Chicago Public Schools.

In 1970, Tucker was also hired as a mental health specialist at Tinley Park Mental Health Center. Four years later, she served as coordinator of the Illinois Department of Mental Health’s equal employment opportunity and affirmative action (EEO/AA) programs. Tucker was then promoted to chief of the EEO/AA Title VI program at the Illinois Department of Mental Health. She received her J.D. degree from the John Marshall Law School in 1978 before becoming acting director for the Illinois Department of Equal Employment Opportunity. In 1980, Tucker was hired as director for the Illinois Department of Human Rights and was the first black woman to serve in the Governor’s cabinet.

In 1990, Tucker was appointed to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission by President George H.W. Bush and in 2001 President George W. Bush appointed Joyce to the White House Initiative Advisory Board for Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Tucker began her own EEO management company Tucker Spearman & Associates in 1997. Since 2002, she has been vice president of Global Diversity and Employee Rights for the Boeing Company.

Tucker has been named a “Diversity Leader” by Women of Color magazine and was the keynote speaker at the Executive Symposium for Women Business Leaders in 2006. She has also received the Legacy of Opportunity Award, awarded by the Black Law Students Association at the John Marshall Law School.

Joyce Tucker was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on May 24, 2010.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Joyce E. Tucker lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Joyce E. Tucker describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Joyce E. Tucker talks about her mother's childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Joyce E. Tucker talks about her maternal great-grandfather's store
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Joyce E. Tucker describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Joyce E. Tucker talks about her father's childhood and service in the U.S. Navy
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Joyce E. Tucker describes how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Joyce E. Tucker describes her childhood personality and likeness to her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Joyce E. Tucker talks about her father's occupations
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Joyce E. Tucker describes the sights, sounds, and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Joyce E. Tucker recalls playing outside in her childhood neighborhood on the West Side of Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Joyce E. Tucker recalls a spooky experience in her childhood basement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Joyce E. Tucker describes the television shows and music of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Joyce E. Tucker describes her experience at the Hayes School in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Joyce E. Tucker describes her experience at the Hayes School in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Joyce E. Tucker describes her awareness of politics as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Joyce E. Tucker describes her elementary schools in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood and in Maywood, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Joyce E. Tucker describes her experience at Proviso East High School in Maywood, Illinois and being a minorette
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Joyce E. Tucker talks about her friend Kathy Walker Owens (ph.)
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Joyce E. Tucker describes the racism she and her friends experienced at Proviso East High School in Maywood, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Joyce E. Tucker describes herself as a student at Proviso East High School in Maywood, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Joyce E. Tucker describes her interest in football and basketball at Proviso East High School in Maywood, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Joyce E. Tucker describes her experience at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Joyce E. Tucker talks about discussions about Fred Hampton's assassination and shootings at Jackson State University during college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Joyce E. Tucker talks about Fred Hampton and racial divisions at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Joyce E. Tucker recalls the assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Joyce E. Tucker talks about the political atmosphere at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois in 1968 and 1969
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Joyce E. Tucker talks about her social life at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Joyce E. Tucker describes her dating life at Proviso East High School in Maywood, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Joyce E. Tucker describes her experience as a substitute teacher in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Joyce E. Tucker describes her experience as a substitute teacher in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Joyce E. Tucker describes her experience working at Tinley Park Mental Health Center in Tinley Park, Illinois, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Joyce E. Tucker describes her experience working at Tinley Park Mental Health Center in Tinley Park, Illinois, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Joyce E. Tucker describes filing a discrimination grievance against Tinley Park Mental Health Center in Tinley Park, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Joyce E. Tucker recalls becoming Coordinator of Affirmative Action for the Illinois Department of Mental Health
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Joyce E. Tucker talks about her promotions within the Illinois state government
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Joyce E. Tucker describes becoming Director of the Illinois Department of Human Rights, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Joyce E. Tucker describes becoming Director of the Illinois Department of Human Rights, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Joyce E. Tucker describes her experience as Director of the Illinois Department of Human Rights
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Joyce E. Tucker describes her experience with partisan politics in the Illinois General Assembly, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Joyce E. Tucker describes her experience with partisan politics in the Illinois General Assembly, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Joyce E. Tucker remembers the tragedies that hit her family, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Joyce E. Tucker remembers the tragedies that hit her family, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Joyce E. Tucker describes the campaign and election of Chicago Mayor Harold Washington in 1983
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Joyce E. Tucker talks about Bernard Epton and Republican politics in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Joyce E. Tucker talks about the death of Chicago Mayor Harold Washington in 1987
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Joyce E. Tucker describes her experience as Director of the Illinois Department of Human Rights
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Joyce E. Tucker describes being appointed to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Joyce E. Tucker talks about U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Joyce E. Tucker talks about U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Joyce E. Tucker talks about the reasons she was not reappointed to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 1996
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Joyce E. Tucker talks about starting her consulting firm, Tucker Spearman and Associates
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Joyce E. Tucker describes the success of Tucker Spearman and Associates
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Joyce E. Tucker describes being hired by Boeing in 2002
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Joyce E. Tucker describes her experience as Vice President of Global Diversity and Employee Rights at Boeing, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Joyce E. Tucker describes her experience as Vice President of Global Diversity and Employee Rights at Boeing, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Joyce E. Tucker talks about her department at Boeing
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Joyce E. Tucker talks about her experience on the President's Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Joyce E. Tucker describes her experience with the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boys and Girls Club in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Joyce E. Tucker describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Joyce E. Tucker recalls developing her principles as a child
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Joyce E. Tucker reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Joyce E. Tucker reflects on her career
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Joyce E. Tucker talks about her family
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Joyce E. Tucker describes how she would like to be remembered