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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Sociologist
Academic Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Fuschia
Favorite Food:
Peanut Butter
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
St. Martin, Bahamas
Favorite Quote:
Child, You Will Not Believe It!

Birthplace

Born:
10/12/1943
Birth Location:
Battles, Mississippi

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Sociologist
Academic Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Fuschia
Favorite Food:
Peanut Butter
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
St. Martin, Bahamas
Favorite Quote:
Child, You Will Not Believe It!

Birthplace

Born:
10/12/1943
Birth Location:
Battles
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Biography

Sociologist Joyce Ladner was born in Battles, Mississippi, on October 12, 1943. She attended Tougaloo College in Tougaloo, Mississippi, where she earned her B.A. in sociology in 1964 and went on to Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, to earn a Ph.D. in 1968.

At school, she also became involved in the civil rights movement. After earning her Ph.D., Ladner went on to teach at colleges in Illinois; Washington, D.C.; Connecticut; and Tanzania. Ladner published her first book in 1971, Tomorrow's Tomorrow: The Black Woman, a study of poor black adolescent girls from St. Louis. In 1973, Ladner joined the faculty of Hunter College at the City University of New York.

Leaving Hunter College for Howard University in Washington, D.C., Ladner served as vice president for academic affairs from 1990 to 1994 and as interim president of Howard University from 1994 to 1995. In 1995, President Bill Clinton appointed her to the District of Columbia Financial Control Board, where she oversees the finances and budgetary restructuring of the public school system. She is also a senior fellow in the Governmental Studies Program at the Brookings Institution, a Washington, D.C. think tank and research organization. She has spoken nationwide about the importance of improving education for public school students. She has appeared on nationally syndicated radio and television programs as well.

Ladner is active in a number of civic and professional organizations. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, The American Sociological Association, the Washington Urban League, the Washington Women's Forum and the Coalition of 100 Black Women. In 1997, she was named Washingtonian of the Year by Washingtonian for her work in education.


Selected Bibliography

Ladner, Joyce. Tomorrow's Tomorrow: The Black Woman. Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1971.
---. Mixed Families: Adopting Across Racial Boundaries. Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1977.
---. The Ties that Bind: Timeless Values for African American Families. New York: Wiley, 1999.
---. The New Urban Leaders. Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press, 2001.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Joyce Ladner's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Joyce Ladner lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Joyce Ladner describes her maternal family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Joyce Ladner describes her maternal family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Joyce Ladner describes researching her paternal family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Joyce Ladner describes researching her paternal family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Joyce Ladner talks about her maternal great-grandmother's Native American heritage
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Joyce Ladner talks about her maternal grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Joyce Ladner talks about her maternal great-grandfather's double life and her white relatives
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Joyce Ladner describes how her parents met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Joyce Ladner describes her paternal family background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Joyce Ladner describes her relationship with her stepbrother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Joyce Ladner describes her parents' bad marriage
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Joyce Ladner describes the relocation of her paternal family to Chicago, Illinois and California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Joyce Ladner describes her mother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Joyce Ladner describes growing up in Hattiesburg and Palmer's Crossing, Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Joyce Ladner talks about her next door neighbors in Palmer's Crossing, Mississippi, the "Goat Sisters"
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Joyce Ladner describes growing up with her sister, HistoryMaker Dorie Ladner
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Joyce Ladner describes how her mother enrolled her in grade school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Joyce Ladner talks about going through school with her sister, HistoryMaker Dorie Ladner
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Joyce Ladner describes her favorite subjects in grade school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Joyce Ladner describes the teacher who influenced her as an elementary school student
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Joyce Ladner talks about the teachers that influenced her as a high school student
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Joyce Ladner describes how teachers interacted with students during her youth
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Joyce Ladner describes her extracurricular activities as a youth
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Joyce Ladner talks about one of her former classmates, Hattie Mae Nailer
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Joyce Ladner describes her experiences attending Earl Travillion High School in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Joyce Ladner talks about developing her leadership skills as a student at Earl Travillion High School in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Joyce Ladner describes the dedication of the teachers at Earl Travillion High School in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Joyce Ladner describes inheriting her mother's disciplinary style
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Joyce Ladner describes the role of the Baptist church during her youth
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Joyce Ladner talks about her Great Aunt Icie
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Joyce Ladner remembers the first time she wore high heels
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Joyce Ladner describes her social life as a youth
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Joyce Ladner describes the racism in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Joyce Ladner describes the racism in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Joyce Ladner describes her revenge for being racially mistreated while working as a domestic
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Joyce Ladner describes how blacks eavesdropped on whites in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Joyce Ladner describes the Palmer's Crossing community in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Joyce Ladner talks about the brothel her neighbor ran in the Palmer's Crossing neighborhood of Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Joyce Ladner describes how her sister fought back when a grocery store clerk tried to molest her in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Joyce Ladner describes being expelled from Jackson State University in 1960
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Joyce Ladner describes her experiences attending Tougaloo College in Tougaloo, Mississippi
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Joyce Ladner describes being mentored by sociologist Dr. Ernst Borinski
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Joyce Ladner describes how her sister, HistoryMaker Dorie Ladner, became involved with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Joyce Ladner describes how a family friend exposed her and her sister to the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Joyce Ladner talks about the racism of the media in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Joyce Ladner talks about the Forrest County Chapter of the NAACP and Clyde Kennard
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Joyce Ladner talks about Clyde Kennard
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Joyce Ladner talks about Vernon Dahmer and the Forrest County Chapter of the NAACP
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Joyce Ladner remembers the death of Medgar Evers
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Joyce Ladner describes how her high school teacher spoke out against the Forrest County Chapter of the NAACP
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Joyce Ladner describes organizing a prayer vigil in support of a sit-in as a student at Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Joyce Ladner describes organizing a prayer vigil in support of a sit-in as a student at Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Joyce Ladner describes the demonstration that led to her expulsion from Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Joyce Ladner describes transferring from Jackson State University to Tougaloo College
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Joyce Ladner describes a negative interaction she had with the Dean of Students at Jackson State University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Joyce Ladner describes fundraising for the March on Washington and her sister's relationship with Bob Dylan
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Joyce Ladner describes fundraising for the March on Washington
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Joyce Ladner describes the changes that were made to HistoryMaker John Lewis' speech during the March on Washington
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Joyce Ladner describes the March on Washington
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Joyce Ladner describes how some members of SNCC compromised the organization's non-violent tactics
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Joyce Ladner describes becoming engaged in 1963, and ending her relationship with her fiance
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Joyce Ladner describes reconnecting with her ex-fiance, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Joyce Ladner describes reconnecting with her ex-fiance, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Joyce Ladner talks about the bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Joyce Ladner describes how her perception of the Civil Rights Movement changed after the bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Joyce Ladner talks about the concerns SNCC workers from Mississippi had about the Mississippi Freedom Summer
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Joyce Ladner describes murders that took place before and during the Mississippi Freedom Summer
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Joyce Ladner describes the cultural dissonance between black and white Civil Rights workers
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Joyce Ladner describes attending the 1964 Democratic National Convention as a member of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Joyce Ladner describes attending the 1964 Democratic National Convention as a member of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Joyce Ladner describes attending the 1964 Democratic National Convention as a member of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, pt. 3
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Slating of Joyce Ladner's interview
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Joyce Ladner describes working for HistoryMaker Dr. Alvin Poussaint in 1966
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Joyce Ladner describes how she balanced her activism and her academic research
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Joyce Ladner describes researching for her first book "Tomorrow's Tomorrow"
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Joyce Ladner describes her first book, "Tomorrow's Tomorrow"
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Joyce Ladner describes the motivation behind her second book, "The Death of White Sociology"
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Joyce Ladner talks about the founding of the Association of Black Sociologists in 1970
  • Tape: 9 Story: 8 - Joyce Ladner describes her first job in East St. Louis, Illinois
  • Tape: 9 Story: 9 - Joyce Ladner describes the Institute of the Black World
  • Tape: 9 Story: 10 - Joyce Ladner talks about being mentored by sociologist Lee Rainwater
  • Tape: 9 Story: 11 - Joyce Ladner describes her experiences working at the Institute of the Black World
  • Tape: 10 Story: 1 - Joyce Ladner describes studying in Africa in 1971
  • Tape: 10 Story: 2 - Joyce Ladner describes being hired at Howard University and getting married to HistoryMaker Walter Carrington
  • Tape: 10 Story: 3 - Joyce Ladner describes writing her third book, "Mixed Families: Adopting across Racial Lines," pt. 1
  • Tape: 10 Story: 4 - Joyce Ladner describes writing her third book, "Mixed Families Adopting across Racial Lines," pt. 2
  • Tape: 10 Story: 5 - Joyce Ladner describes her experiences teaching at Hunter College and City University of New York in New York City, New York
  • Tape: 10 Story: 6 - Joyce Ladner describes living in Senegal after her husband was appointed as U.S. Ambassador to Senegal in 1980, pt. 1
  • Tape: 10 Story: 7 - Joyce Ladner describes living in Senegal after her husband was appointed as U.S. Ambassador to Senegal in 1980, pt. 2
  • Tape: 10 Story: 8 - Joyce Ladner talks about getting divorced and raising her son
  • Tape: 10 Story: 9 - Joyce Ladner describes her experiences serving as Vice President of Academic Affairs at Howard University, pt. 1
  • Tape: 11 Story: 1 - Joyce Ladner describes her experiences serving as Vice President of Academic Affairs at Howard University, pt. 2
  • Tape: 11 Story: 2 - Joyce Ladner describes how the student and faculty senates at Howard University challenged her as Vice President of Academic Affairs
  • Tape: 11 Story: 3 - Joyce Ladner describes how the Howard University faculty senate sabotaged her candidacy for President of Hunter College
  • Tape: 11 Story: 4 - Joyce Ladner describes the work culture of Howard University, pt. 1
  • Tape: 11 Story: 5 - Joyce Ladner describes the work culture of Howard University, pt. 2
  • Tape: 11 Story: 6 - Joyce Ladner describes the work culture at the Brookings Institution
  • Tape: 11 Story: 7 - Joyce Ladner describes her experiences serving on the District of Columbia Financial Control Board
  • Tape: 11 Story: 8 - Joyce Ladner describes why she wrote "The Ties That Bind"
  • Tape: 11 Story: 9 - Joyce Ladner shares her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 12 Story: 1 - Joyce Ladner reflects upon her legacy, pt. 1
  • Tape: 12 Story: 2 - Joyce Ladner talks about her parenting book, "Launching Our Black Children for Success: A Guide for Parents of Kids from Three to Eighteen"
  • Tape: 12 Story: 3 - Joyce Ladner talks about her struggle with fibromyalgia
  • Tape: 12 Story: 4 - Joyce Ladner reflects upon her legacy, pt. 2
  • Tape: 12 Story: 5 - Joyce Ladner talks about her aspiration to become a painter and battling fibromyalgia
  • Tape: 12 Story: 6 - Joyce Ladner talks about how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 12 Story: 7 - Joyce Ladner narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 13 Story: 1 - Joyce Ladner narrates her photographs, pt. 2
  • Tape: 13 Story: 2 - Joyce Ladner narrates her photographs, pt. 3