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Lauranita Dugas

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
City Education Administrator
Teacher

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Key West, Florida
Favorite Quote:
A Dream Without A Plan Is Just A Wish.

Birthplace

Born:
12/2/1926
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
City Education Administrator
Teacher

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Key West, Florida
Favorite Quote:
A Dream Without A Plan Is Just A Wish.

Birthplace

Born:
12/2/1926
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Lifetime educator Lauranita Taylor Dugas was born on December 2, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois to Dorothy and Robert Taylor. Her father was the first black commissioner of the Chicago Housing Authority, an organization he worked with for eleven years. In 1944, Dugas graduated from Parker High School and moved to Wisconsin to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she received her B.A. degree in sociology. In 1949, Dugas married Lester J. Dugas Jr., an electrical engineering student at the time who then became the first black senior manager of Commonwealth Edison in Chicago. The two of them moved to Milwaukee where the Dugas' began a family.

In 1953, Dugas moved back to Chicago. With an interest in education, she began working for the Head Start Program. Three years later, Dugas moved to the State of Illinois’ Institute for Juvenile Research and in 1974, she started working for the Chicago Child Care Society as a supervising teacher. Dugas remained with the Society for twenty-five years until her retirement in 1989. She then returned to the workforce as an educational consultant at Harold Washington College for their Child Development Associate Training Project, a position she held until 2007.

Dugas chaired the Jones-Swift Scholarship fund as part of the Chicago Metropolitan Association for the Education of Young Children, a sector of the national Association for the Education of Young Children. She was also a founding member of the Black Creativity Panel, an event hosted by the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. She was also a member of the Board of Advisors for the Department of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. The board works to update the campus, with such projects as a new Early Childhood Development Center and renovation of the former Home Economics building. In 2009, the book The Classrooms All Young Children Need: Lessons in Teaching from Vivian Paley recognized her for her skillful teaching and support.

Dugas had three children, Gail D. Dugas, Jeffrey A. Dugas Sr., and Lauren Dugas Glover.

Lauranita Dugas was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on May 28, 2010.

Dugas passed away on May 20, 2015.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Lauranita Dugas' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Lauranita Dugas lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Lauranita Dugas describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Lauranita Dugas describes her mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Lauranita Dugas describes the early years of her parents' marriage
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Lauranita Dugas describes her father's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Lauranita Dugas describes her father's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Lauranita Dugas talks about her paternal grandfather's architectural work in Tuskegee, Alabama
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Lauranita Dugas describes her father's career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Lauranita Dugas describes her paternal grandfather's education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Lauranita Dugas talks about her father's collaboration with Julius Rosenwald
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Lauranita Dugas describes her father's work in the banking industry
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Lauranita Dugas talks about the Rosenwald Apartments in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Lauranita Dugas describes the racially restrictive housing covenants in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Lauranita Dugas remembers the segregated public schools in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Lauranita Dugas describes her father's legacy in the field of public housing
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Lauranita Dugas talks about the Robert Taylor Homes in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Lauranita Dugas describes her parents' personalities and who she takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Lauranita Dugas recalls her community in the Rosenwald Apartments in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Lauranita Dugas talks about her sister's work at the Erikson Institute in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Lauranita Dugas describes the sights and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Lauranita Dugas remembers segregation in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Lauranita Dugas recalls her nursery school in the Rosenwald Apartments in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Lauranita Dugas remembers her elementary school education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Lauranita Dugas describes the effects of the Great Depression
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Lauranita Dugas remembers Parker High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Lauranita Dugas recalls the racial division in Chicago's South Side
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Lauranita Dugas remembers her studies at Parker High School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Lauranita Dugas remembers the prom at Parker High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Lauranita Dugas recalls her decision to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Lauranita Dugas describes her academic difficulties at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Lauranita Dugas talks about her accomplishments at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Lauranita Dugas remembers meeting her husband
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Lauranita Dugas remembers returning to Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Lauranita Dugas recalls her father's death
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Lauranita Dugas remembers raising her children in the Rosenwald Apartments in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Lauranita Dugas remembers the community of Hyde Park-Kenwood in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Lauranita Dugas remembers the community of Hyde Park-Kenwood in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Lauranita Dugas describes the University of Chicago's impact on the communities of Hyde Park and Kenwood
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Lauranita Dugas talks about the changes in the Kenwood neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Lauranita Dugas remembers teaching at a Head Start program
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Lauranita Dugas describes her role at the Institute for Juvenile Research
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Lauranita Dugas remembers joining the Chicago Child Care Society
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Lauranita Dugas remembers her tenure at the Chicago Child Care Society
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Lauranita Dugas describes her philosophy of early childhood education
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Lauranita Dugas describes her work with Head Start
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Lauranita Dugas reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Lauranita Dugas describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Lauranita Dugas talks about the Black Creativity exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Lauranita Dugas describes her board memberships, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Lauranita Dugas talks about her husband's community involvement
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Lauranita Dugas describes her board memberships, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Lauranita Dugas talks about her family, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Lauranita Dugas talks about her family, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Lauranita Dugas reflects upon her heritage
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Lauranita Dugas describes her friendship with President Barack Obama
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Lauranita Dugas talks about politicians from the South Side of Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Lauranita Dugas describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Lauranita Dugas narrates her photographs