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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Civic Activist
High School Math Teacher

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Casserole (Eggplant)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Israel
Favorite Quote:
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. - Romans 8:28

Birthplace

Born:
9/23/1928
Birth Location:
Boca Raton, Florida

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Civic Activist
High School Math Teacher

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Casserole (Eggplant)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Israel
Favorite Quote:
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. - Romans 8:28

Birthplace

Born:
9/23/1928
Birth Location:
Boca Raton
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Biography

Educator and civic activist Lois Martin was born on September 23, 1928 in Boca Raton, Florida to Sallie and Jasper Dolphus. Originally from Georgia, Martin’s family relocated to Boca Raton several years before she was born. She is the youngest of seven children. After graduating in 1946 from Carver High School in Delray Beach, Florida, Martin went on to earn her A.A. degree in 1948 from Florida Normal College and her B.S. degree from Florida A&M College in 1950 before beginning to pursue graduate studies at Boston College.

Martin returned to Boca Raton in 1950 and taught math for nearly forty years at Carver High School, Booker T. Washington High School and Carver Middle School.

In addition to her career as an educator, Martin had always been an active member of her community. For several years, she acted as secretary to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and later served as the vice chairman for the Housing Authority. Since retiring from teaching in 1988, Martin has participated in a number of organizations: she has been a contributor to Habitat for Humanity since 1991, sat on Boca Raton’s Historic Preservation Board since 2001, and has held the offices of vice chairman of the Pearl City Blue Ribbon Committee and treasurer for the Martin Luther King Memorial Committee. She has also served as a Sunday School teacher and treasurer for the Ebenezer Baptist Church. The Lois Martin Community Center serves the underprivileged communities of Boca Raton with a variety of services for children and teens, including tutoring and after school programs.

Martin is the mother of one son, Edward.

Lois Martin was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 17, 2002.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Lois Martin's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Lois Martin lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Lois Martin talks about her parents' family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Lois Martin describes her maternal grandparents and paternal grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Lois Martin recounts how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Lois Martin describes her mother's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Lois Martin talks about her relationship with her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Lois Martin describes her father's experiences as a sharecropper and their relationship
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Lois Martin talks about her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Lois Martin describes the tight-knit community in Pearl City, Florida
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Lois Martin details the history of the black community in Pearl City, Florida
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Lois Martin describes her childhood personality and her father's favoritism toward her niece
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Lois Martin talks about her parents' lack of educational opportunities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Lois Martin talks about attending Pearl City Elementary School, Roadman Elementary School, and Carver High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Lois Martin talks about her high school teachers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Lois Martin describes how her commute to Carver High School limited her participation in after-school activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Lois Martin talks about the role of teachers in her community
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Lois Martin talks about how her academic achievements improved her relationship with her father
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Lois Martin describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Lois Martin talks about the importance of Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church to the Pearl City community in Boca Raton, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Lois Martin talks about her church activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Lois Martin talks about the church activities she participated in as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Lois Martin reflects on how her Christian faith helped her to endure segregation
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Lois Martin describes personal encounters with police brutality and segregation
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Lois Martin talks about the factors that influenced her views on segregation
  • Tape: 2 Story: 14 - Lois Martin talks about her parents' reluctance to fight for civil rights violations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 15 - Lois Martin remembers having to use outdated books in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Lois Martin talks about standing up to police misconduct in Pearl City, Boca Raton, Florida
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Lois Martin talks about becoming the salutatorian of Carver High School in 1946
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Lois Martin talks about college tuition and her decision to transfer to Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University after two years at Florida Normal College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Lois Martin describes unpleasant memories from Florida Normal College in St. Augustine, Florida
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Lois Martin talks about her decision to go to Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University [FAMU] in Tallahassee, Florida
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Lois Martin describes her resolve to succeed as a math major
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Lois Martin talks about finding a job to pay her college tuition
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Lois Martin reflects upon her decision to major in math as a woman
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Lois Martin talks about how she became a math teacher at Carver High School in Delray Beach, Florida
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Lois Martin talks about graduate work at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Lois Martin remembers her first years of teaching at Carver High School in Delray Beach, Florida
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Lois Martin describes the delayed effect of Brown v. Board of Education
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Lois Martin talks about inequity in schools and winning a lawsuit for equal pay led by C. Spencer Pompey and Thurgood Marshall
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Lois Martin describes how she prepared her students for future opportunities
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Lois Martin describes the integration of Booker T. Washington High School in Montgomery, Alabama, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Lois Martin describes the integration of Booker T. Washington High School in Montgomery, Alabama, pt.2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Lois Martin talks about how economic competition between black and white business owners in Montgomery, Alabama improved customer service
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Lois Martin talks about the day Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in 1968
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Lois Martin reflects on the process of integrating Carver High School in Delray Beach, Florida in 1970
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Lois Martin describes the friction between black and white teachers after the integration of Carver High School in Delray Beach, Florida
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Lois Martin talks about her volunteer work in Boca Raton, Florida
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Lois Martin talks about her work in the Boca Raton Housing Authority and her commitment to the Pearl City community in Boca Raton, Florida
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Lois Martin describes her work on Habitat for Humanity's selection committee
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Lois Martin talks about her work at the Historic Preservation Board and her role in designating Pearl City as a historic district in Boca Raton, Florida
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Lois Martin talks about her work at The Haven, the Lois Martin Community Center, and Ebenezer Missionary Baptist church
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Lois Martin explains how her spirit of determination is driven by her Christian faith
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Lois Martin talks about her dedication to her students
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Lois Martin reflects upon how broken homes impact the education system in America
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Lois Martin shares her hopes for the black community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Lois Martin explains why prayer needs to be put back in public schools
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Lois Martin talks about her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Lois Martin describes her photographs