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Manford Byrd, Jr.

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Elementary School Principal
School Superintendent
High School Principal

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Grits
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
N/A
Favorite Quote:
That's The Way It Is.

Birthplace

Born:
5/29/1928
Birth Location:
Brewton, Alabama

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Elementary School Principal
School Superintendent
High School Principal

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Grits
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
N/A
Favorite Quote:
That's The Way It Is.

Birthplace

Born:
5/29/1928
Birth Location:
Brewton
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Biography

Educator Manford Byrd, Jr. was born on May 29, 1928 in Brewton, Alabama. He studied mathematics at Iowa Central College and graduated in 1949. He then pursued graduate work, earning his M.A. from Atlanta University in 1954 and his Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 1978.

Byrd began his career in education teaching in Quincy, Illinois from 1949-1954.
From 1954-1967, he worked for the Chicago Public School system as a teacher, assistant principal, elementary and high school principal and assistant to the General Superintendent of the Chicago Public Schools. In 1968, he was appointed Deputy Superintendent of Chicago Public Schools. In this role, he oversaw the day-to-day operations of the school system. He was later appointed Deputy Superintendent for Instruction and Deputy Superintendent for Pupil Services and System-Wide Reorganization. In 1985, he was appointed General Superintendent of Schools, a position he would hold until he retired in 1990. Since retiring, Byrd works in private practice, as an educational consultant.

Byrd has sat on the boards of directors of the Chicago State University Foundation, Joint Negro Appeal, the Mid-America Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Council of the Great City Schools, the Chicago NAACP and the United Church Board for World Ministries. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Central College, Pella Iowa and the Adler Planetarium, Chicago. All together, he is a member of over 70 professional organizations.

Byrd has been the recipient of over 100 awards and commendations for excellence in teaching and academic administration, including honorary doctoral degrees from Central College, Hope College and the National College of Education. He and his wife, Cheribelle, have three sons.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Manford Byrd's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Manford Byrd lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Manford Byrd describes his parents, Evelyn and Manford Byrd, Sr.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Manford Byrd talks about his maternal family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Manford Byrd describes his segregated community in Brewton, Alabama
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Manford Byrd describes himself as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Manford Byrd talks about his influential teachers in school
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Manford Byrd talks about attending Iowa Central College in Pella, Iowa from 1946 to 1949
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Manford Byrd describes his experience as the only black man in Pella, Iowa while attending Iowa Central College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Manford Byrd describes experiencing discrimination in Pella, Iowa while at Iowa Central College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Manford Byrd talks about his teaching job in Quincy, Illinois after graduating from Iowa Central College in 1949
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Manford Byrd describes Quincy, Illinois, where he worked for the public school system from 1949 to 1954
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Manford Byrd talks about teaching in Quincy, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Manford Byrd describes moving to Chicago, Illinois to teach in 1954
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Manford Byrd talks about issues that affected black students in Chicago, Illinois in the 1950s and 1960s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Manford Byrd describes becoming one of the few black assistant principals in Chicago, Illinois public schools in the 1950s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Manford Byrd talks about meeting his wife, Cheri Byrd
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Manford Byrd talks about obtaining his Master's Degree from Atlanta University in Georgia in 1954
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Manford Byrd describes being appointed Deputy Superintendent of the Chicago, Illinois Public School system in 1968
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Manford Byrd describes the controversy around appointing the interim Chicago, Illinois Public School Superintendent in 1979
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Manford Byrd talks about the Chicago, Illinois Public School teacher's strike in 1987
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Manford Byrd talks about the controversy surrounding the appointment of HistoryMaker Ruth Love as the Chicago, Illinois Public School system Superintendent in 1981
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Manford Byrd describes the response of the black community to HistoryMaker Ruth Love's appointment as Chicago, Illinois Public School system Superintendent in 1981
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Manford Byrd talks about his role as an administrator in the Chicago Public School system during HistoryMaker Ruth Love's tenure as Superintendent from 1981 to 1985
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Manford Byrd talks about Jospeh Hannon's appointment to Chicago, Illinois Public School Superintendent in 1975
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Manford Byrd describes becoming the Superintendent of Chicago Public Schools system in 1985
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Manford Byrd talks about the reaction in the black community to HistoryMaker Ruth Love's appointment to Chicago Public School Superintendent
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Manford Byrd talks about the challenges he faced as Chicago Public School Superintendent from the years of 1985 to 1990
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Manford Byrd talks about his community recognition as the Chicago Public School Superintendent
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Manford Byrd talks about his three sons becoming engineers
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Manford Byrd describes his philosophy of education
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Manford Byrd talks about improvements needed for the public school system
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Manford Byrd talks about the need for parental support of students
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Manford Byrd talks about the independent education movement, the charter school system, and the voucher system in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Manford Byrd talks about how the public school system can serve the black community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Manford Byrd describes what he thinks his legacy will be
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Manford Byrd reflects on his career as an educator
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Manford Byrd narrates his photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Manford Byrd narrates his photographs, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Manford Byrd narrates his photographs, pt. 3