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June Sallee Antoine

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Nonprofit Chief Executive
High School Principal
Educator
Nonprofit Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Ethnic Food, Spinach, Roast Turkey, Pies
Favorite Time of Year:
Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Rhode Island, Alaska, Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
Lifting As We Climb.

Birthplace

Born:
3/3/1929
Birth Location:
Sandusky, Ohio

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Nonprofit Chief Executive
High School Principal
Educator
Nonprofit Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Ethnic Food, Spinach, Roast Turkey, Pies
Favorite Time of Year:
Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Rhode Island, Alaska, Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
Lifting As We Climb.

Birthplace

Born:
3/3/1929
Birth Location:
Sandusky
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Biography

Educator and nonprofit executive June Sallee Antoine was born on March 3, 1929 in Sandusky, Ohio, to Cora Nell Collier Sallee and Charles Louis Sallee. She received her elementary and secondary education in the public schools of Sandusky. She earned a B.A. degree from Ohio State University in 1951 and a master's degree from Case Western Reserve University in 1956. She also completed additional graduate work at John Carroll University and Cleveland State University.

From 1955 until 1966, Antoine was a classroom teacher in the Cleveland Public Schools, and in 1969 she took a position as a guidance counselor at the Adult Education Center of the Cleveland Public Schools. In 1979, she became the assistant principal at Shaker Heights High School. Following her retirement from the public schools in 1986, she served as the director of the Harvard-East Branch of the Cleveland Music School Settlement, where she remained until 1995. In 1993, Antoine, along with Louise Kent Hope, became a co-founder of The Adrienne Kennedy Society, a non-profit arts organization dedicated to increasing public awareness and appreciation of the works of this great African American literary artist. The organization was later renamed Creative Writing Workshop Projects, and Antoine served as the executive director.

Antoine worked with numerous arts, cultural, and civic organizations, including The Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio Citizens for the Arts, The Cleveland Art Prize, The Women's City Club Foundation, and the Cleveland International Program. In 2002, she received an Arts Educator Award from Young Audiences of Greater Cleveland and The Northern Ohio Live Award of Achievement for Community Events for Creative Writing Workshop Projects' participation in the Langston Hughes Centennial Celebration.

In addition to her administrative work, Antoine performed with the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus and the Heritage Chorale in the United States and Europe. She was also a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Antoine passed away on November 15, 2016 at age 87.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - June Sallee Antoine lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - June Sallee Antoine describes her mother's family background
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  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - June Sallee Antoine describes her paternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - June Sallee Antoine talks about her maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - June Sallee Antoine narrates how her family came to move from Kentucky to Ohio
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - June Sallee Antoine describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - June Sallee Antoine describes her experiences at Campbell Street Elementary School in Sandusky, Ohio during the 1930s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - June Sallee Antoine describes her family life growing up in Sandusky, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - June Sallee Antoine describes the role of music in her childhood in Sandusky, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - June Sallee Antoine relates the history of her family's parish, Second Baptist Church, in Sandusky, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - June Sallee Antoine talks about the diverse community in which she was raised in Sandusky, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - June Sallee Antoine talks about her time at Campbell Elementary School in Sandusky, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - June Sallee Antoine recalls the presence of the color line while she was growing up in Sandusky, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - June Sallee Antoine talks about the impact of the Great Depression on her family and community in Sandusky, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - June Sallee Antoine recalls how her mother prioritized education for her and her siblings
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - June Sallee Antoine talks about her family's views on President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his Works Progress Administration
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - June Sallee Antoine talks about her family's appreciation for the arts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - June Sallee Antoine talks about her sisters' careers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - June Sallee Antoine recalls her academic achievements at Sandusky High School in Sandusky, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - June Sallee Antoine recalls her decision to attend The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - June Sallee Antoine remembers her family's involvement in World War II
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - June Sallee Antoine describes her experiences at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - June Sallee Antoine recalls hearing a speech by Paul Robeson in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - June Sallee Antoine describes meeting her husband, HistoryMaker Albert Antoine, at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - June Sallee Antoine describes her and her husband's graduate education and early careers during the mid-1950s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - June Sallee Antoine talks about her experiences with de facto segregation in Ohio during the 1950s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - June Sallee Antoine recounts her career as an educator in public schools in Cleveland, Ohio metropolitan area
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - June Sallee Antoine talks about the history of segregation in Cleveland, Ohio Public Schools
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - June Sallee Antoine talks about her work as an educational administrator in Cleveland Municipal School District and Shaker Heights City School District
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - June Sallee Antoine details how she chose to educate her four children in public and private schools
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - June Sallee Antoine describes her children's success in pursuing advanced degrees
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - June Sallee Antoine recalls roadblocks that her daughter, Janice Antoine Lumpkin, faced during her education
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - June Sallee Antoine talks about her grandchildren
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - June Sallee Antoine talks about her work in music and arts administration after retiring as an educator
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - June Sallee Antoine details the programs she heads within Creative Writing Workshop Projects in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - June Sallee Antoine talks about her fundraising to support Creative Writing Workshop Projects in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - June Sallee Antoine describes the life and work of Adrienne Kennedy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - June Sallee Antoine describes the roster of artists and administrators involved with Creative Writing Workshop Projects
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - June Sallee Antoine details the community and governmental support she has received for Creative Writing Workshop Projects
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - June Sallee Antoine explains Creative Writing Workshop Projects' focus on African American heritage
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - June Sallee Antoine talks about her membership in the Heritage Chorale of Cleveland
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - June Sallee Antoine reflects upon her achievements in promoting the arts and education in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - June Sallee Antoine narrates her photographs, pt. 1
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