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Lula Cole Dawson

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Education Consultant
Government Consultant

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Yellow
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
This Too Shall Pass.

Birthplace

Born:
4/15/1931
Birth Location:
Jonesboro, Louisiana

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Education Consultant
Government Consultant

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Yellow
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
This Too Shall Pass.

Birthplace

Born:
4/15/1931
Birth Location:
Jonesboro
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Biography

Lula Cole Dawson was born on April 15, 1931, in Jonesboro, Louisiana. After graduating from high school, Dawson earned an A.B. degree in sociology and counseling in 1952 from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She then interned at Andover Newton Seminary in Andover, Massachusetts. In the fall of 1952 she began graduate studies in sociology at Boston University, where she earned her master’s degree in 1953.

Dawson began her career in 1954 working as the director of student activities at the student center of Southern University. In 1958, Dawson was hired as an interviewer with the Employment Security Commission in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she worked until 1960. Between 1960 and 1972, Dawson traveled with her husband, diplomat Horace Dawson, and was involved in a number of volunteer projects throughout Africa. She sponsored galas to benefit orphanages and organized a craft shop for young girls in Nigeria. She partnered with Victoria Tolbert, wife of the president of Liberia, to build a hostel for young women and organized a self-help program for mothers of children at Mulago Hospital in Uganda.

Dawson returned to the United States with her husband in 1972, and was hired as a field coordinator by the Tennessee State University Training Coordination Center to help identify and train teachers who had been displaced by the desegregation of Tennessee schools. Two years later, she was hired as a consultant to the D.C. Citizens for Better Public Education, where she focused her efforts on providing better educational opportunities for the disadvantaged. Returning overseas with her husband, Dawson served as chairman of the organizing committee of the Friends of the Cultural Center of the Philippines from 1977 to 1979. After her husband’s appointment by President Jimmy Carter as the ambassador to Botswana, Dawson became honorary chairperson of the Child-to-Child Foundation of Botswana and chairperson of the First Lady’s Charity Ball in Botswana.

After returning from Africa, Dawson worked as a consultant for the Washington, D.C. Public School System, the Department of Health and Human Services, St. Augustine’s College International Studies and Foreign Language Learning program and the State Department’s Agency for International Development. She served on the board of the Friends of the Museum of African Art and was presented with the Republic of Botswana Award for Outstanding Public Service. Dawson passed away on January 14, 2004 at the age of 72.







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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Lula Cole Dawson's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Lula Cole Dawson lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Lula Cole Dawson describes her paternal family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Lula Cole Dawson describes her maternal family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Lula Cole Dawson remembers Huey Long visiting her family reunions
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Lula Cole Dawson describes her father, Jerry Cole
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Lula Cole Dawson describes her love of reading as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Lula Cole Dawson talks about Professor Hawk and Jonesboro Colored School
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Lula Cole Dawson shares her memories of attending Jonesboro Public School and growing up with racism
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Lula Cole Dawson recalls her favorite teachers at Jonesboro Public School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Lula Cole Dawson remembers listening to the radio in the 1930s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Lula Cole Dawson remembers when her father sold land to the government
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Lula Cole Dawson recalls the night the KKK came to her house to confront her parents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Lula Cole Dawson describes attending Browngrove Baptist Church
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Lula Cole Dawson describes her father's generosity
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Lula Cole Dawson describes her decision to attend Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Lula Cole Dawson describes attending Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Lula Cole Dawson describes her activities at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Lula Cole Dawson talks about race at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Lula Cole Dawson talks about white men who had secret black families, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Lula Cole Dawson talks about white men who had secret black families, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Lula Cole Dawson describes attending Boston University for graduate school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Lula Cole Dawson talks about why she decided not to become a social worker
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Lula Cole Dawson describes her professors at Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Lula Cole Dawson talks about meeting Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Boston University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Lula Cole Dawson describes how she met her husband, HistoryMaker Horace Dawson
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Lula Cole Dawson talks about marrying her husband and moving to North Carolina
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Lula Cole Dawson recalls Doug E. Moore's move to Africa
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Lula Cole Dawson describes meeting Edward R. Murrow, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Lula Cole Dawson describes meeting Edward R. Murrow, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Lula Cole Dawson talks about the difficulty of finding suitable housing in Washington, D.C. in 1960
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Lula Cole Dawson talks about living in Uganda in 1961
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Lula Cole Dawson talks about being a diplomat's wife in Uganda in the early 1960s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Lula Cole Dawson talks about Ugandans' reaction to the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Lula Cole Dawson talks about challenging white Americans in Uganda
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Lula Cole Dawson describes her role as a foreign diplomat's wife
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Lula Cole Dawson describes African political leaders in the 1960s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Lula Cole Dawson talks about issues faced by Nigeria
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Lula Cole Dawson recalls attending an event with Cecil Dennis in Liberia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Lula Cole Dawson talks about Liberian Presidents William Tubman and William Tolbert
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Lula Cole Dawson describes serving in the Philippines
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Lula Cole Dawson describes President Seretse and Ruth Williams Khama in Botswana
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Lula Cole Dawson talks about getting to know the Botswanan people
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Lula Cole Dawson talks about helping First Lady of Botswana, Gladys Molefi Olebile
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Lula Cole Dawson describes organizing the First Lady's Charity Ball in Botswana
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Lula Cole Dawson describes her legacy in Africa
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Lula Cole Dawson describes her activities after returning to the United States
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Lula Cole Dawson describes her hopes and concerns for the black community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Lula Cole Dawson reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Lula Cole Dawson describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Lula Cole Dawson narrates her photographs