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Lucy R. Wilson

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
If You Can Keep Your Head When All About You Are Losing Theirs And Blaming It On You, If You Can Trust Yourself When All Men Doubt You, But Make Allowance For Their Doubting Too. - Rudyard Kipling

Birthplace

Born:
9/23/1930
Birth Location:
Hartsville, South Carolina

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
If You Can Keep Your Head When All About You Are Losing Theirs And Blaming It On You, If You Can Trust Yourself When All Men Doubt You, But Make Allowance For Their Doubting Too. - Rudyard Kipling

Birthplace

Born:
9/23/1930
Birth Location:
Hartsville
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Biography

Educational Administrator Lucy Wilson was born on September 23, 1930 in Hartsville, South Carolina. She received her B.S. degree cum laude from South Carolina State College in Orangeburg in 1951 and her M.S. degree in guidance and counseling from Indiana University in Bloomington in 1954. After completing her M.S. degree, Wilson served as the dean of women at Albany State College in Georgia from 1954 to 1956. While serving as a dean of students, her continuing studies were funded by the Danforth Foundation. Consequently, she received her Ed.D. degree in guidance and counseling in 1960.

She then returned to Orangeburg, South Carolina where she worked as the dean of students at Claflin College from 1956 through 1962. After completing her doctorate, Wilson was hired as the assistant program director for guidance services in the Department of Education and Testing Services at Princeton University from 1962 through 1967. In addition, Wilson was a professor of psychology at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana from 1964 through 1967. She then became the Director of Adult Services at the Tennessee Mental Health Department in Nashville, Tennessee until 1975. Since then, Wilson has served as the Associate Dean for the Darden School of Education at Old Dominion University. Over the years, Wilson has worked as a consultant for Princeton University, the Department of Health, Education, & Welfare and the Portsmouth Public School System in Virginia.

Wilson also serves on a number of community boards and has long been involved in service organizations. From 1975 to 1977, Wilson served as an Area Director for the National March of Dimes. She also served as the Chairperson for the Human Sexuality Task Force and sits on the board of directors for the Planning Council of Tidewater (Virginia).

Wilson is married to former Norfolk State University president Harrison Wilson and they have six children: April, Jennifer, Richard, John, Harrison, and Benjamin.

Lucy Wilson was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on May 11, 2010.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Lucy R. Wilson's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Lucy R. Wilson lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Lucy R. Wilson describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Lucy R. Wilson describes her maternal aunts and uncles
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Lucy R. Wilson recalls the difficulties of her mother's work
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Lucy R. Wilson remembers giving speeches to her mother's employer
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Lucy R. Wilson talks about her mother as an abuse survivor
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Lucy R. Wilson describes her parents' relationship
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Lucy R. Wilson describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Lucy R. Wilson describes the sights, sounds, and smells of her childhood, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Lucy R. Wilson describes the sights, sounds, and smells of her childhood, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Lucy R. Wilson talks about Eartha Kitt
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Lucy R. Wilson recalls giving speeches as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Lucy R. Wilson talks about her older half-brother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Lucy R. Wilson recalls fighting in high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Lucy R. Wilson describes her early education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Lucy R. Wilson recalls her decision to attend Colored Normal Industrial Agricultural and Mechanical College of South Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Lucy R. Wilson recalls enrolling at Colored Normal Industrial Agricultural and Mechanical College of South Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Lucy R. Wilson remembers her high school graduation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Lucy R. Wilson describes her first impressions of Colored Normal Industrial Agricultural and Mechanical College of South Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Lucy R. Wilson talks about her early interest in theater
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Lucy R. Wilson recalls graduating from Colored Normal Industrial Agricultural and Mechanical College of South Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Lucy R. Wilson describes her experiences at Colored Normal Industrial Agricultural and Mechanical College of South Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Lucy R. Wilson recalls visiting her father in New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Lucy R. Wilson remembers working in New York City during college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Lucy R. Wilson talks about her post-graduate work activities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Lucy R. Wilson describes her first husband
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Lucy R. Wilson talks about her doctoral dissertation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Lucy R. Wilson recalls her decision to attend Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Lucy R. Wilson remembers returning to Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Lucy R. Wilson describes her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Lucy R. Wilson describes her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Lucy R. Wilson recalls applying to work at Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Lucy R. Wilson talks about her etiquette lessons in college
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Lucy R. Wilson describes her experiences working at Princeton University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Lucy R. Wilson remembers meeting her second husband, Harrison B. Wilson
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Lucy R. Wilson recalls facing work discrimination
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Lucy R. Wilson remembers being hired at Southern University and Agricultural and Mechanical College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Lucy R. Wilson describes the beginning of her relationship with Harrison B. Wilson
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Lucy R. Wilson talks about meeting her stepsons for the first time
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Lucy R. Wilson recalls her move to Tennessee
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Lucy R. Wilson talks about her work in Tennessee
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Lucy R. Wilson recalls her decision to move to Norfolk, Virginia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Lucy R. Wilson describes her experiences at Norfolk State College in Norfolk, Virginia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Lucy R. Wilson talks about the resentment towards her husband's presidency at Norfolk State College
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Lucy R. Wilson recalls becoming the first African American faculty member at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Lucy R. Wilson talks about her later years at Old Dominion University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Lucy R. Wilson recalls her greatest accomplishments at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Lucy R. Wilson remembers her duties on various boards
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Lucy R. Wilson talks about her protest against busing in Virginia, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Lucy R. Wilson talks about her protest against busing in Virginia, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Lucy R. Wilson describes the reaction in the African American community to her stance on busing
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Lucy R. Wilson talks about the disparities in funding for Virginia public schools
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Lucy R. Wilson describes The Links, Incorporated president, Barbara Dixon Simpkins
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Lucy R. Wilson talks about the Links to Success Programs
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Lucy R. Wilson describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Lucy R. Wilson reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Lucy R. Wilson reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Lucy R. Wilson talks about her family, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Lucy R. Wilson talks about her family, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Lucy R. Wilson describes the joys of her marriage
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Lucy R. Wilson describes how she would like to be remembered