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Julius Wayne Dudley

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Foundation Chief Executive
History Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Royal Blue
Favorite Food:
Tomatoes, Spinach, Broccoli
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Luxor, Egypt, Accra, Ghana, Johannesburg, South Africa, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Favorite Quote:
Culture For Service And Service For Humanity.

Birthplace

Born:
10/29/1944
Birth Location:
Atlanta, Georgia

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Foundation Chief Executive
History Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Royal Blue
Favorite Food:
Tomatoes, Spinach, Broccoli
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Luxor, Egypt, Accra, Ghana, Johannesburg, South Africa, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Favorite Quote:
Culture For Service And Service For Humanity.

Birthplace

Born:
10/29/1944
Birth Location:
Atlanta
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Biography

Champion of education Julius Wayne Dudley was born on October 29, 1944, in Atlanta, Georgia. Dudley was the oldest of nine children, born to a hard-working, illiterate father and a former sharecropper. Dudley's mother read to him nearly every night and inspired him with a love of books. Growing up in a house rented to them by a family notorious for ties to the Ku Klux Klan, Dudley walked four miles each way to a segregated school. Persevering, Dudley attended Morris Brown College in Atlanta and later did graduate work at Clark Atlanta University, the University of Cincinnati and Harvard University.

While attending Morris Brown, Dudley was first acquainted with South African blacks, and he joined their struggle against apartheid. He also marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and was active in the voter registration movement. While in graduate school, he became involved in the National Teacher Corps Program, and later, while at Harvard, he became involved in TransAfrica and worked as a tutor in Boston's urban schools. After earning his Ph.D., Dudley continued to teach, and currently he is a professor at Salem State College in Massachusetts. Dudley has led the charge in spreading his love of books to Africa, both through Salem and the Phelps-Stokes Fund Books for Global Literacy Program. He has worked with a number of world leaders, including Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela and the state of Massachusetts to send more than 1 million books to students in South Africa. He has also been involved with a similar project with the Universidade Católica de Angola. In total, he has helped send more than 4 million books to people in South Africa, Ghana, Ethiopia, Liberia, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Malawi and Angola.

Dudley has also been affected by a stutter his whole life, and he has managed to find a means that helps him cope with the challenge. He speaks to groups of stutterers worldwide, and to others, encouraging governments and schools to train more speech therapists. Dudley focuses his efforts on all peoples who have been oppressed, and wants to spread literacy around the globe.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Julius Wayne Dudley's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Julius Wayne Dudley lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Julius Wayne Dudley describes his family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Julius Wayne Dudley describes his maternal grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Julius Wayne Dudley shares a haint story told by his grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Julius Wayne Dudley talks about his grandfather's songs
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Julius Wayne Dudley describes his mother, Ethel Hanson Dudley
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Julius Wayne Dudley talks about how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Julius Wayne Dudley describes his father, Julius Dudley
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Julius Wayne Dudley describes his father's employment by the Venable and Roper families
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Julius Wayne Dudley describes an experience of racial discrimination
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Julius Wayne Dudley describes his childhood in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Julius Wayne Dudley describes his childhood personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Julius Wayne Dudley talks about how he became a "controlled stutterer"
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Julius Wayne Dudley describes the development of his interest in history
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Julius Wayne Dudley describes his decision to major in history
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Julius Wayne Dudley describes growing up in Smyrna, Georgia and being trailed by Klansmen on his way to school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Julius Wayne Dudley talks about an experience of racial discrimination with his father and Emmett Till
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Julius Wayne Dudley talks about the murder of businessman Leo Frank in Cobb County, Georgia and Smyrna, Georgia's reputation for lynching
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Julius Wayne Dudley talks about his dissertation on mob violence and lynchings
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Julius Wayne Dudley describes why his family moved from Smyrna, Georgia back to Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Julius Wayne Dudley describes Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Julius Wayne Dudley remembers Mrs. Richardson, a mean-spirited teacher
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Julius Wayne Dudley talks about discovering classical music in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Julius Wayne Dudley talks about socio-economic and class discrimination in high school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Julius Wayne Dudley describes his college application process
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Julius Wayne Dudley talks about his exchange program experience at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Julius Wayne Dudley describes his participation in the Civil Rights Movement and the protest at Leb's restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Julius Wayne Dudley talks about his support for the Vietnam War and becoming a pacifist
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Julius Wayne Dudley talks about learning history as a child
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Julius Wayne Dudley talks about subjective history
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Julius Wayne Dudley talks about enrolling in two graduate programs at the same time
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Julius Wayne Dudley talks about his mentor in graduate school, Jean Childs Young
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Julius Wayne Dudley talks about pursuing graduate studies in history at Atlanta University in Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Julius Wayne Dudley talks about pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Cincinnati while teaching at the University of Dayton in Ohio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Julius Wayne Dudley talks about his dissertation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Julius Wayne Dudley describes why he left a tenured position at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Julius Wayne Dudley describes his graduate studies in the Harvard Extension Program and his professional teaching career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Julius Wayne Dudley talks about the Phelps Stokes Fund
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Julius Wayne Dudley describes his work with the Phelps Stokes Fund
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Julius Wayne Dudley talks about his book project, Collaborative Education with South Africans, pt.1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Julius Wayne Dudley talks about his book project, Collaborative Education with South Africans, pt.2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Julius Wayne Dudley talks about his book project, Collaborative Education with South Africans, pt.3
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Julius Wayne Dudley talks about HistoryMaker Reverend Eugene Rivers
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Julius Wayne Dudley describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt.1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Julius Wayne Dudley describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt.2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Julius Wayne Dudley reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Julius Wayne Dudley talks about how he would like to be remembered, pt.1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Julius Wayne Dudley talks about how he would like to be remembered, pt.2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Julius Dudley narrates his photographs, pt.1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Julius Wayne Dudley narrates his photographs, pt.2