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LaVerne Sci

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Historic Site Manager

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple, Yellow
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Bangkok, Thailand
Favorite Quote:
Seize The Day.

Birthplace

Born:
1/3/1940
Birth Location:
Jacksonville, Florida

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Historic Site Manager

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple, Yellow
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Bangkok, Thailand
Favorite Quote:
Seize The Day.

Birthplace

Born:
1/3/1940
Birth Location:
Jacksonville
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Biography

Historic Site Manager LaVerne Cecile Kenon Sci was born on January 3, 1940 in Jacksonville, Florida to Thelma Olivia Moore, a teacher, and Reuben R. Kenon, a high school principal. As a child, Sci attended segregated schools of Kings Welcome, College Park Elementary, Richardson Elementary and Richardson High School. As a youth, Sci desired to become a dancer, and her mother would drive sixty miles for her to take dance lessons.

In 1956, Sci entered Hampton University where she pursued her B.S. degree in health, physical education, recreation and biology. She led a very active life at Hampton University. She was the head majorette, a member of the dance group, worked on the school newspaper and was a member of the historic Phyllis Wheatley Society. After completing her degree at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, she went on to teach in Fayetteville, North Carolina and then Farragut High School in Chicago, Illinois from 1960 until 1962. Sci then entered the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she pursued a combined M.A./Ph.D. program in History and Philosophy of Education.

After Sci’s mother lost her job helping to integrate the public schools of Columbia County, Florida, Sci dropped out of the University of Illinois in 1965 and worked as a teacher in the Unit Four Public School District to help support her mother’s legal struggle. In 1968, she met and married Frank Sci, a serviceman in the United States Air Force. Together, they relocated to Naha, Okinawa, Japan, there they became parents to two daughters, LaFrae and LaTania. The family then relocated to Montana, and they moved in 1972 to Dayton, Ohio where Frank was stationed as a Lieutenant Colonel. In Dayton, their son, Kenon Travis, was born. Parental responsibilities led Sci into community activism. In 1989, Sci was hired as Historic Site Manager of the Paul Laurence Dunbar House Museum in Dayton, Ohio.

Sci was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on February 24, 2008.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of LaVerne Sci's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - LaVerne Sci lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - LaVerne Sci describes her mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - LaVerne Sci describes her mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - LaVerne Sci talks about her mother's upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - LaVerne Sci recalls a lesson from her maternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - LaVerne Sci describes her father's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - LaVerne Sci describes her father's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Laverne Sci describes her father's friendship with Lasalle D. Leffall, Sr.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Laverne Sci recalls how her parents met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Laverne Sci describes her maternal grandfather's friendship with Howard Thurman
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Laverne Sci talks about her parents move to Lake City, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Laverne Sci describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Laverne Sci describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Laverne Sci remembers the Kings Welcome School in Columbia County, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Laverne Sci talks about Florida's wildlife
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Laverne Sci recalls her father's death
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Laverne Sci remembers her dance training
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Laverne Sci talks about her interest in dance
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Laverne Sci recalls Champaign Junior High School in Champaign, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Laverne Sci remembers being barred from a Girl Scout troop in Champaign, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Laverne Sci talks about her early experiences of religion
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Laverne Sci talks about the death of her father's student during a football game
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Laverne Sci remembers Richardson High School in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Laverne Sci remembers an influential teacher
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Laverne Sci describes her introduction to the works of Paul Laurence Dunbar
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Laverne Sci describes her social life at Richardson High School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - LaVerne Sci describes the lack of resources at Richardson High School in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - LaVerne Sci remembers the Hampton Institute in Hampton, Virginia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - LaVerne Sci describes her professors at the Hampton Institute
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - LaVerne Sci recalls her decision to leave the Hampton Institute
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - LaVerne Sci recalls transferring to Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - LaVerne Sci remembers teaching at Farragut High School in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - LaVerne Sci remembers teaching at Farragut High School in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - LaVerne Sci recalls enrolling in a doctoral program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - LaVerne Sci recalls her mother's role in school integration in Columbia County, Florida, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - LaVerne Sci recalls her mother's role in school integration in Columbia County, Florida, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - LaVerne Sci remembers the library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - LaVerne Sci talks about her marriage
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - LaVerne Sci remembers the assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - LaVerne Sci describes her husband's career in the U.S. Air Force
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - LaVerne Sci talks about her children's educational experiences, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - LaVerne Sci talks about her children's educational experiences, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - LaVerne Sci recalls petitioning to remove a racist mural from her children's school, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - LaVerne Sci recalls petitioning to remove a racist mural from her children's school, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - LaVerne Sci recalls her start at the Paul Laurence Dunbar House in Dayton, Ohio
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - LaVerne Sci describes the history of the Paul Laurence Dunbar House, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - LaVerne Sci describes the history of the Paul Laurence Dunbar House, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - LaVerne Sci talks about the restoration of the Paul Laurence Dunbar House
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - LaVerne Sci describes her initiatives at the Paul Laurence Dunbar House
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - LaVerne Sci talks about the life of Paul Laurence Dunbar
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - LaVerne Sci talks about her experiences as a dance teacher in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - LaVerne Sci talks about the predecessors of Paul Laurence Dunbar
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - LaVerne Sci talks about the reburial of Paul Laurence Dunbar's remains
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - LaVerne Sci describes her role in the commemoration of Martin Delany's gravesite
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - LaVerne Sci reflects upon her interest in Paul Laurence Dunbar, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - LaVerne Sci talks about Paul Laurence Dunbar's sister
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - LaVerne Sci reflects upon her interest in Paul Laurence Dunbar, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - LaVerne Sci describes her hopes for Paul Laurence Dunbar's legacy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - LaVerne Sci describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - LaVerne Sci reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - LaVerne Sci reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - LaVerne Sci recites Paul Laurence Dunbar's poem, 'We Wear the Mask'
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - LaVerne Sci talks about her family
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - LaVerne Sci describes how she would like to be remembered