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Madeline Stratton Morris

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Curriculum Specialist
Elementary School Teacher

Favorites

Favorite Color:
All Colors
Favorite Food:
Vegetables, Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere
Favorite Quote:
Knowledge Will Forever Govern Ignorance. If You Wish To Be In Power, You Must Have Knowledge.

Birthplace

Born:
8/14/1906
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Curriculum Specialist
Elementary School Teacher

Favorites

Favorite Color:
All Colors
Favorite Food:
Vegetables, Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere
Favorite Quote:
Knowledge Will Forever Govern Ignorance. If You Wish To Be In Power, You Must Have Knowledge.

Birthplace

Born:
8/14/1906
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

African American history was absent from the curriculum in Chicago’s public schools until Madeline R. Stratton Morris added it in 1941. She was born in Chicago on August 14, 1906, the oldest of six children, and spent her career making a mark on Chicago’s educational system.

Stratton Morris received her certificate in elementary school teaching from Chicago Teachers College and began teaching at Emerson School in 1933. She earned her B.S. degree in education from Northwestern University in 1941 and five years later received her M.S. degree from the same school. Stratton Morris also did post-graduate work at the University of Chicago from 1942 to 1946.

While working as a social studies teacher, Stratton Morris tackled several special assignments pertaining to curriculum, youth development and human relations. From 1958 to 1960, she served on the Human Relations Committee of the Chicago Board of Education. After leaving the public school system in 1968, Stratton Morris worked with several universities, teaching African American history at Mayfair College, supervising practice teachers at Chicago State University, and developing social studies curricula at Governors State University.

In addition to her dedication to education, Stratton Morris was active with several civic groups. She served as president of the Chicago chapter of the National Council of Negro Women, worked on the Mayor’s Commission on Human Relations and attended the 1980 Democratic National Convention as a delegate. The National Negro Museum and Historical Foundation, the National Council of Negro Women and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority have all honored her for her service to education and community. Stratton Morris has also published three books on African American history, as well as several magazine articles.

Travel has been a lifelong passion of Stratton Morris. She island-hopped in the Caribbean, took a world tour of seventeen countries while on sabbatical in 1967, visited Mexico and traveled to the Soviet Union. Stratton Morris married twice. She was married to Samuel B. Stratton for twenty-six years until his death in 1972, and was married two and a half years to Walter Morris before he died in 1983.

Stratton Morris passed away on December 26, 2007 at the age of 101.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Madeline Stratton Morris' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Madeline Stratton Morris lists her favorites, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Madeline Stratton Morris lists her favorites, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Madeline Stratton Morris describes her mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Madeline Stratton Morris describes her mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Madeline Stratton Morris describes her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Madeline Stratton Morris describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Madeline Stratton Morris describes her earliest childhood memories, including her father's work for the Butler Bros. in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Madeline Stratton Morris recalls the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Madeline Stratton Morris recalls the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Madeline Stratton Morris describes the house in which she grew up in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Madeline Stratton Morris talks about growing up in Chicago, Illinois, including her personality and neighborhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Madeline Stratton Morris talks about Berean Baptist Church in Chicago, Illinois, and her family's familiarity with music
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Madeline Stratton Morris talks about Farren School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Madeline Stratton Morris talks about her favorite teachers at Farren School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Madeline Stratton Morris reflects on the Chicago race riot of 1919, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Madeline Stratton Morris reflects on the Chicago race riot of 1919, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Madeline Stratton Morris talks about her experiences of racial discrimination at Englewood High School in the 1910s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Madeline Stratton Morris talks about her trajectory to attend Chicago Teachers College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Madeline Stratton Morris talks about her experiences at Chicago Teachers College in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Madeline Stratton Morris recalls a Christmastime memory
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Madeline Stratton Morris talks about her teaching career following her experience at Chicago Teachers College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Madeline Stratton Morris talks about her role in Illinois school's implementation of black history curricula, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Madeline Stratton Morris talks about her role in Illinois school's implementation of black history curricula, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Madeline Stratton Morris talks about the importance for children to learn about black history and to read works by black authors
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Madeline Stratton Morris recalls her familiarity with Carter G. Wilson and Walter Francis White
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Madeline Stratton Morris talks about her friendships with Edith S. Sampson and HistoryMaker John Hope Franklin
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Madeline Stratton Morris describes her relationship to Mary Jane McLeod Bethune
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Madeline Stratton Morris talks about the State of Illinois' legislation for black history curricula
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Madeline Stratton Morris describes her relationship to HistoryMaker Dr. Margaret Burroughs
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Madeline Stratton Morris recalls an experience with a USSR Army officer while visiting Moscow in 1975
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Madeline Stratton Morris talks about the purpose underlining her two books
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Madeline Stratton Morris describes her hopes for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Madeline Stratton Morris reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Madeline Stratton Morris shares her thoughts about the interview
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Madeline Stratton Morris reflects upon her experiences as an educator
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Madeline Stratton Morris narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Madeline Stratton Morris narrates her photographs, pt. 2