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Linda Cropp

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Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
City Council Member

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Red
Favorite Food:
Greens, Tomatoes, Onions
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Beaches
Favorite Quote:
I'm challenged but not overwhelmed.

Birthplace

Born:
10/5/1947
Birth Location:
Atlanta, Georgia

Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
City Council Member

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Red
Favorite Food:
Greens, Tomatoes, Onions
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Beaches
Favorite Quote:
I'm challenged but not overwhelmed.

Birthplace

Born:
10/5/1947
Birth Location:
Atlanta
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Biography

Linda Washington Cropp was born on October 5, 1947, in Atlanta, Georgia. Her parents divorced when she was three years old, and she relocated to Philadelphia with her mother. As a single parent, her mother worked two jobs to support the family and send Cropp to Catholic school. Cropp earned her high school diploma in 1965 from Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls where she was active in student government and band. As a teenager, Cropp enjoyed photography and sewing, was a member of Girl Scouts of America.

In 1969, Cropp earned her B.A. degree in government from Howard University. During her senior year, she interned with the Washington, D.C., Board of Elections and Ethics. Shortly after graduation, she worked on her first political campaign, helping Marion Barry win a seat on the District of Columbia Board of Education.

Cropp began her teaching career in Washington, D.C., public schools in 1970. She earned her M.S. degree in guidance and counseling from Howard University in 1971. In 1980, she was elected to her first public office on the city’s Board of Education. In 1990, Cropp successfully ran against former Washington, D.C., Mayor Marion Barry for an at-large seat on the Council of the District of Columbia. In 1997, Cropp was elected as the first woman to chair the city council. Under her leadership, she has improved the Council’s use of technology and provided citizens greater access to the legislative process. In 2006, Adrian Fenty beat her out in the Democratic Primary for Mayor.

Cropp and her husband, Dwight, reside in Washington, D.C., and have two adult children.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Linda Cropp Interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Linda Cropp lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Linda Cropp talks about her mother, her background and personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Linda Cropp discusses her father and his family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Linda Cropp talks about her maternal grandparents and her summer visits with them in Atlanta
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Linda Cropp discusses her paternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Linda Cropp discusses her mother's family ancestry
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Linda Cropp details what her childhood was like in a single-parent household
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Linda Cropp describes the sights, smells and sounds of the neighborhood of her youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Linda Cropp discusses her early education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Linda Cropp talks about attending mass as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Linda Cropp discusses her demeanor as as a young girl
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Linda Cropp talks about extracurricular activities in her teens particularly her experience with Girl Scouts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Linda Cropp details her high school experiences and interests
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Linda Cropp talks about her many hobbies during her youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Linda Cropp discusses the awakening of her racial and political awareness
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Linda Cropp discusses her experiences at Howard and gives her impression of Washington, D.C. during her college years
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Linda Cropp recalls her experiences at Howard University in the 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Linda Cropp talks about her career options after college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Linda Cropp tells the story of meeting her husband
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Linda Cropp talks about her experiences teaching and pursuing her Master's degree
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Linda Cropp details her experiences as a school guidance counselor
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Linda Cropp discusses serving on Washington D.C.'s Fourth Ward's Board of Education from 1981 to 1990
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Linda Cropp discusses her transition from Board of Education to the City Council
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Linda Cropp talks about her husband's affiliation with Marion Barry
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Linda Cropp explains why she is better suited to the life of an elected official than her husband is
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Linda Cropp talks about running against Marion Barry in the 1990 Washington D.C. City Council election
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Linda Cropp comments on gentrification and how decisions in Congress effect the daily politics of Washington D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Linda Cropp discusses her role as the first woman to chair the Washington D.C. City Council
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Linda Cropp discusses her negotiations with Major League Baseball
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Linda Cropp shares her notion of how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Linda Cropp talks about future plans
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Linda Cropp describes her notion of her legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Linda Cropp gives advice for those entering the field of public service