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Juanita Passmore

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Community Activist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Greens, Ribs, Beef
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Bahamas
Favorite Quote:
Let nobody have power over you but God. Only what you do for Christ will last.

Birthplace

Born:
3/4/1926
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Community Activist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Greens, Ribs, Beef
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Bahamas
Favorite Quote:
Let nobody have power over you but God. Only what you do for Christ will last.

Birthplace

Born:
3/4/1926
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Born on March 4, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois, Juanita Passmore was a corporate executive, philanthropist and community activist. Passmore graduated from Chicago's Englewood High School in 1944 and traveled to Long Beach, California. She attended Long Beach City College, but then returned to Chicago, enrolling in Columbia College.

Passmore's civic commitment was outstanding. She served in leadership positions for the Chicago Chapter of Operation PUSH's Women's Board, the Chicago Gospel Festival and the board of Jazz Unites. The former president of Africare-Chicago, Passmore created numerous fundraising programs. Her work with youth included participation in Operation Snowball, a drug use prevention program focusing on leadership development; the Jesse Owens Foundation, which provides scholarships and training; and the United Negro College Fund. Former Chicago Mayor Harold Washington appointed Passmore as a Local Board of Improvements commissioner. Under his administration, she also served on the Women's Task Force. Passmore was also a member of the Congregational Church of Park Manor, Windy City Links and the National Council of Negro Women. In the book An Autobiography of Black Politics, she is recognized for community activism.

In 1974, Passmore became an employee of the Johnson Products Company. She served there as director of special promotions and was eventually promoted to the position of executive national coordinator. She also directed Johnson Products Division for Cosmetic Consultants, through which she developed training programs for several hundred women in the United States and Africa. Passmore hosted the TV program, Totally Beauty You. Passmore retired from the Johnson Product Company in 1990.

Juanita Passmore passed away on March 22, 2016.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Juanita Passmore's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Juanita Passmore lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Juanita Passmore talks about her parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Juanita Passmore describes her great-great-grandmother, Sencie Cook, who had been a slave
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Juanita Passmore describes her parents' relationship
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Juanita Passmore talks about her mother and her childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Juanita Passmore describes her stepfather's occupation
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Juanita Passmore reflects on growing up as an only child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Juanita Passmore describes the sights, smells, and sounds of her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Juanita Passmore shares her memories of childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Juanita Passmore talks about her elementary school years and Mrs. Robinson, the teacher who taught her black history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Juanita Passmore describes her family life as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Juanita Passmore talks about the Chicago World's Fair in 1933 and iceboxes
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Juanita Passmore describes the atmosphere of World War II and modern-day warfare
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Juanita Passmore talks about the war's effect on her high school activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Juanita Passmore talks about her neighborhood and top high schools in Chicago, Illinois for African American students
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Juanita Passmore about famous athletes in her neighborhood and going to baseball games
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Juanita Passmore talks about popular music during her high school years at Englewood High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Juanita Passmore talks about the performances at the Regal Theater of Ethel Waters, Josephine Baker, and Duke Ellington
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Juanita Passmore talks about her activities at Englewood High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Juanita Passmore remembers good friends and teachers from Englewood High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Juanita Passmore recalls when a teacher was fired for being a Communist
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Juanita Passmore talks about her career aspirations after graduating from Englewood High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Juanita Passmore describes the glamour of nursing in the 1940s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Juanita Passmore talks about the dating conventions of her teenaged years
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Juanita Passmore talks about her time in California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Juanita Passmore shares the story of how she met her husband
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Juanita Passmore talks about working at a cannery in Long Beach, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Juanita Passmore talks about her social involvement in her community
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Juanita Passmore talks about her grandmother, Leola Wimbush
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Juanita Passmore talks about Mary McLeod Bethune's impact on her
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Juanita Passmore remembers speaking to Marian Anderson
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Juanita Passmore talks about her maternal grandmothers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Juanita Passmore describes her civic and political involvement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Juanita Passmore talks about her restaurant, The Cozy Nook
  • Tape: 3 Story: 13 - Juanita Passmore talks about her start with Johnson Products Company
  • Tape: 3 Story: 14 - Juanita Passmore talks about working at Johnson Products Company
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Juanita Passmore shares her philosophy on serving the black community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Juanita Passmore describes her activity in the Mama Said program and in her church
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Juanita Passmore explains why her service is focused on the black community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Juanita Passmore talks about the ETA Creative Arts Foundation and HistoryMaker Geraldine de Haas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Juanita Passmore talks about figures in the Chicago political arena including HistoryMakers Lutrelle "Lu" Palmer, Timuel Black, Josie Childs, and Charles Hayes
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Juanita Passmore talks about raising support for black politicians including Mayor Harold Washington
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Juanita Passmore describes how her faith influences her life
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Juanita Passmore describes the kinship she discovered with South Africans in her travels for Johnson Products Company
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Juanita Passmore describes visiting a refugee camp outside Ghana
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Juanita Passmore talks about starting a Chicago chapter of Africare with Jackie Jackson, and C. Payne Lucas, president of Africare
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Juanita Passmore talks about her role in Operation PUSH and the work of HistoryMaker Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Juanita Passmore talks about the legacy of Mayor Harold Washington
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Juanita Passmore talks about motherhood of the heart
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Juanita Passmore talks about the state of man and institutional racism
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Juanita Passmore reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Juanita Passmore talks about how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Juanita Passmore talks about her relatives and how her grandmother would view her achievements
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Juanita Passmore describes the importance of capturing the stories of role models and heroes
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Juanita Passmore narrates her photographs, pt.1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Juanita Passmore narrates her photographs, pt.2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Juanita Passmore narrates her photographs, pt.3