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Marcia Sturdivant

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Educator
Nonprofit Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Pink
Favorite Food:
Crab Legs
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Disney World
Favorite Quote:
It Is What It Is.

Birthplace

Born:
3/24/1956
Birth Location:
Homestead, Pennsylvania

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Educator
Nonprofit Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Pink
Favorite Food:
Crab Legs
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Disney World
Favorite Quote:
It Is What It Is.

Birthplace

Born:
3/24/1956
Birth Location:
Homestead
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Biography

Educator and nonprofit chief executive Marcia M. Sturdivant was born in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania. She received her B.A. degree in psychology and behavioral sciences from Point Park University in 1978 and her M.A. degree in criminal justice from the University of Detroit in 1980. She later earned her Ph.D. degree in educational and developmental psychology from the University of Pittsburgh in 1996.

From 1987 to 1990, Sturdivant served as director of early education programs at the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh. From 1990 to 1998, she worked in a number of positions at the Allegheny County Department of Human Services in the Office of Children, Youth and Families (OCYF), the second largest child welfare agency in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In 1998, she was appointed deputy director of the Allegheny County Department of Human Services and administrator of the OCYF. Sturdivant was then named president and chief executive officer of the Negro Educational Emergency Drive (NEED) in 2013. She has also served as an assistant professor at Point Park University and an adjunct faculty member in the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh.

Sturdivant is a past president of the Pittsburgh affiliate of the National Black Child Development Institute. She directs the Children’s Church and Children’s Choir at Nazarene Baptist Church in Pittsburgh, and has served as a board member of the American Association of Family Group Decision Making.

Sturdivant’s honors include the Three Rivers Youth Nellie Award for Community Leadership; the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh’s Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award and Ron Brown Civic Award; The YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh Racial Justice Award; and the National Association of Black Administrators in Child Welfare Valerie Bullard Award. She has been cited by Pittsburgh Magazine as one of “Forty Local, Gifted and Black African American Leaders,” and was recognized by the New Pittsburgh Courier as one of their 50 Women of Excellence in 2012. Sturdivant has also served as a repeat participant and research panelist of the Oxford University Educational Roundtable in Oxford, England.

She is married to Larry Anderson, Sr. and is the mother of two sons, Larry, Jr. and Marshall.

Marcia Sturdivant was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on June 8, 2014.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Marcia Sturdivant's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Marcia Sturdivant lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Marcia Sturdivant describes her maternal family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Marcia Sturdivant talks about her maternal family's relationship to the Brownrigg plantation in Columbus, Mississippi
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Marcia Sturdivant describes her mother's childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Marcia Sturdivant talks about her mother's experiences at Union Academy High School in Columbus, Mississippi and Mary Holmes College in West Point
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Marcia Sturdivant talks about her father's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Marcia Sturdivant talks about the history behind her family name
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Marcia Sturdivant talks about her father's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Marcia Sturdivant remembers her father's morning ritual
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Marcia Sturdivant talks about her father's interest in politics and her parents' voting advocacy
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Marcia Sturdivant describes her father's experience stationed on the U.S.S. Intrepid aircraft carrier in the United States Navy during World War II
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Marcia Sturdivant talks about her father's homecoming after serving in the United States Navy
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Marcia Sturdivant describes how her parents met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Marcia Sturdivant remembers an early lesson in ethnic pride
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Marcia Sturdivant talks about her family's migration from Columbus, Mississippi to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Marcia Sturdivant talks about her family's migration from Columbus, Mississippi to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Marcia Sturdivant describes her mother and considers which parent she takes after most
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Marcia Sturdivant describes her siblings, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Marcia Sturdivant describes her childhood neighborhood in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Marcia Sturdivant talks about camaraderie between black students in the West Mifflin, Pennsylvania public school system
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Marcia Sturdivant describes her siblings, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Marcia Sturdivant describes her experiences with racism in elementary school, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Marcia Sturdivant describes her experiences with racism in elementary school, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Marcia Sturdivant describes her experiences with racism in elementary school, pt. 3
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Marcia Sturdivant remembers the death of a cousin in Vietnam and the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Marcia Sturdivant remembers writing an essay on civil rights leaders, H. Rap Brown, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Stokely Carmichael
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Marcia Sturdivant remembers her influential sixth grade school teacher
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Marcia Sturdivant remembers overhearing a grade school teacher using the N-word to address students
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Marcia Sturdivant describes her experience at Homeville Junior High School in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Marcia Sturdivant talks about Civil Rights and Black Nationalist activity in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the 1960s and 1970s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Marcia Sturdivant talks about being forbidden from wearing an afro by her grammar school administration
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Marcia Sturdivant describes her experience cheerleading at West Mifflin North High School in Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Marcia Sturdivant remembers the support of an influential math teacher named Mr. Caldwell
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Marcia Sturdivant talks about the influence of the Pentecostal church in her childhood
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Marcia Sturdivant remembers Kennywood amusement park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Marcia Sturdivant remembers influential African American faculty at West Mifflin High School and being introduced to career options in psychology
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Marcia Sturdivant remembers a racially charged altercation with her high school typing teacher
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Marcia Sturdivant explains how she elected to go to Point Park College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Marcia Sturdivant describes her undergraduate experience at Point Park College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Marcia Sturdivant describes her undergraduate experience at Point Park College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Marcia Sturdivant describes her experience as a research assistant and graduate student in forensic psychology at the University of Detroit
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Marcia Sturdivant talks about the University of Detroit's campus
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Marcia Sturdivant talks about working in the Detroit Police Department and deviating from forensic psychology
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Marcia Sturdivant talks about becoming a probation officer for the Pittsburgh juvenile court system
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Marcia Sturdivant describes the philosophy of the Pittsburgh juvenile court system in the 1980s, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Marcia Sturdivant recalls a memorable juvenile court case, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Marcia Sturdivant recalls a memorable juvenile court case, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Marcia Sturdivant talks about working on her Ph.D. in educational psychology at the University of Pittsburgh
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Marcia Sturdivant describes working on her dissertation in educational psychology, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Marcia Sturdivant describes working on her dissertation in educational psychology, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Marcia Sturdivant talks about the psychological effects of stereotypes on an individual's self-regard
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Marcia Sturdivant talks about the impact of slavery on black American families
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Marcia Sturdivant describes the research method she used for her dissertation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Marcia Sturdivant explains how she met her husband
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Marcia Sturdivant talks about working as director for early childhood education for the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Marcia Sturdivant describes working in the Allegheny County Department of Human Services child welfare sector
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Marcia Sturdivant describes contemporary methodology in the child welfare system
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Marcia Sturdivant addresses issues surrounding transracial adoption, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Marcia Sturdivant addresses issues surrounding transracial adoption, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Marcia Sturdivant addresses issues surrounding transracial adoption, pt. 3
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Marcia Sturdivant talks about the trauma children experience in a child welfare system
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Marcia Sturdivant describes how cultural misunderstandings can influence decisions made about a child's welfare
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Marcia Sturdivant talks about the impact of crack cocaine to the families in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the 1990s
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Marcia Sturdivant talks about becoming the Deputy Director of Children, Youth, and Families in the Allegheny County Human Services Department
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Marcia Sturdivant describes her tenure as Deputy Director of Children, Youth, and Families in the Allegheny County Human Services Department
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Marcia Sturdivant talks about her involvement with the National Association of Black Social Workers and the Black Administrators in Child Welfare
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Marcia Sturdivant talks about her tenure as president of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania affiliate of the National Black Child Development Institute
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Marcia Sturdivant describes funding and budgeting for child welfare in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Marcia Sturdivant talks about her relationship with NEED, the Negro Educational Emergency Drive
  • Tape: 7 Story: 11 - Marcia Sturdivant explains the history of NEED, the Negro Educational Emergency Drive
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Marcia Sturdivant describes programs that NEED, Negro Educational Emergency Drive, operates
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Marcia Sturdivant describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Marcia Sturdivant considers what she would do differently in her life
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Marcia Sturdivant reflects upon her professional legacy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Marcia Sturdivant describes her family
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Marcia Sturdivant considers how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Marcia Sturdivant narrates her photographs