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Marion McElroy

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Diversity Specialist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Aqua Green
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Las Vegas, California
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
3/16/1922
Birth Location:
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Diversity Specialist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Aqua Green
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Las Vegas, California
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
3/16/1922
Birth Location:
Minneapolis
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Biography

Marion McElroy, born on March 16, 1922, was the third of four children born to Ruth Jordan-Majors and Andrew Majors in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she resides today. McElroy has given many years in service to her Twin Cities community.

She has been a member of the NAACP, the Urban League, the Minneapolis Socialites, U Meet Us and the American Association of Retired persons (AARP). She was one of six people chosen to oversee activities of the 635,000-member AARP Minnesota, where she has served as a Diversity Outreach Specialist and has been a member since 1984. She was a board member for 20 years at the Phyllis Wheatley Community Center, the oldest African American institution in the Twin Cities, where she has been involved for most of her lifetime. McElroy has also served as the Youth Employment Director for the National Alliance of Businessmen, on the Minnesota Board on Aging, as the Wallin Scholarship Coordinator for the Friends of North High School, as the secretary to the Minneapolis Socialites, and has been an active parishioner at the St. Peter's A.M.E. Church for 42 years. From 1969 to 1986, McElroy worked for Northwestern Bell, for whom she coordinated the continuing Corporate Minority Business Exchange event to promote minority owned and operated businesses.

McElroy passed away on January 22, 2017 at age 94.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Marion McElroy's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Marion McElroy lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Marion McElroy describes her paternal family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Marion McElroy describes her maternal family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Marion McElroy describes her parents, Ruth Jordan-Majors and Andrew Majors
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Marion McElroy describes the sights, smells, and sounds of her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Marion McElroy talks about the history of the Phyllis Wheatley Community Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Marion McElroy talks about the activities offered at the Phyllis Wheatley Community Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Marion McElroy describes her elementary education at Sumner Elementary and Junior High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota in the 1930s
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Marion McElroy talks about her experience as an African American at Sumner Elementary and Junior High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Marion McElroy describes studying her favorite subject, English literature, at North High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Marion McElroy describes walking to North High School in harsh winter conditions in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Marion McElroy talks about her lack of encouragement at North High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Marion McElroy describes her social life at Phyllis Wheatley Community Center during high school from 1937 to 1940
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Marion McElroy talks about the various African American community centers in the Twin Cities in Minnesota
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Marion McElroy talks about her social and political activities at Phyllis Wheatley Community Center during high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Marion McElroy talks about the founder of the Phyllis Wheatley Center, W. Gertrude Brown
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Marion McElroy describes the jobs she took after graduating from North High School in 1940
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Marion McElroy talks about her first marriage to Chester Johnson in 1945
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Marion McElroy talks about working as the first African American at Strutwear Knitting Company in 1947
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Marion McElroy talks about her domestic work before her being hired to work at Strutwear Knitting Company in 1947
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Marion McElroy talks about purchasing and building a boarding house in 1947
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Marion McElroy describes her marriage to Walter McElroy and relocating to Cleveland, Ohio in 1951
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Marion McElroy describes living in Cleveland in the 1950s as a realtor
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Marion McElroy describes working for the Government Employees Mart, Munsingwear Knitting when returning to Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1959
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Marion McElroy talks about working at Northwest Bell in 1969 and as the Youth Director of the National Alliance of Business in 1974
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Marion McElroy talks about developing political relationships as the Youth Director for the National Alliance of Business from 1974 to 1977
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Marion McElroy talks about her experience as the Coordinator of the Minority and Women's Business Enterprise Program at Northwestern Bell in 1977
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Marion McElroy talks about traveling across the country working at Northwestern Bell from 1974 to 1986
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Marion McElroy talks about her family's college careers.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Marion McElroy talks about the history of the black community in Minnesota
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Marion McElroy reflects on how her mother helped her succeed as an executive
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Marion McElroy describes what she wants her legacy to be
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Marion McElroy talks about how she wants to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Marion McElroy talks about visiting Las Vegas, Nevada and Chicago, Illinois, and those she knows there
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Marion McElroy talks about Insight News and the Minneapolis Spokesman, two African American newspapers in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Marion McElroy narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Marion McElroy narrates her photographs, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Marion McElroy narrates her photographs, pt. 3
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Marion McElroy narrates her photographs, pt. 4
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Marion McElroy narrates her photographs, pt. 5