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Marlene Randall

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
City Government Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Cabbage
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
Everything's Going To Be All Right.

Birthplace

Born:
10/18/1934
Birth Location:
Portsmouth, Virginia

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
City Government Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Cabbage
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
Everything's Going To Be All Right.

Birthplace

Born:
10/18/1934
Birth Location:
Portsmouth
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Biography

City councilwoman and longtime former educator, Marlene Randall was born on October 18, 1934 in Portsmouth, Virginia to Gladys and James West. After graduating from high school, Randall earned her B.S. degree in elementary education from Virginia State University. She also received her M.A. degree in early childhood education from Columbia University in 1960. Randall continued her education to receive her advanced certificate in administration from the University of Virginia and her advanced certificate in administration and supervision from Old Dominion University. In addition, Randall received her certificate in advanced studies from Nova University.

Randall began her teaching career in the Portsmouth Public School System. She went on to become treasurer for the Church and Community in Action, working to improve the quality of life of citizens in Portsmouth. She also worked as Secretary for Area II of the NAACP which includes Portsmouth, Norfolk, Chesapeake, and Suffolk, Virginia. She also created the pattern for the pairing of schools, staff and students that led to the integration of Portsmouth Public Schools. In 2002, Randall was elected to the Portsmouth City Council where she served three consecutive terms.

In 2008, Randall was a guest speaker at Tidewater Community College’s Black History Month Celebration. She has also been recognized by the National League of Cities for attaining the Platinum level in its Certificate of Achievement in Leadership program. This is the highest level of achievement that one can attain in the state. She has also been the chairman of Virginia First Cities, and appointed by former Governor Tim Cane to the Criminal Justice Services Board.

Randall is married to Vernon Randall and together they have three children, Ricardo, Veronica, and Michelle. Unfortunately, her home was destroyed by fire on December 27, 2010.

Marlene Randall was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on May 13, 2010.

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  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Marlene Randall describes her experiences of racial discrimination as an educator in the Portsmouth Public Schools
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Marlene Randall remembers working with struggling students in New York City's Harlem neighborhood
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Marlene Randall reflects upon the curiosity of children
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Marlene Randall recalls her challenges at Columbia University's Teachers College in New York City
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Marlene Randall talks about her husband and children
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Marlene Randall recalls the start of school desegregation in Portsmouth, Virginia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Marlene Randall recalls her experiences of discrimination at Highland-Biltmore Elementary School in Portsmouth, Virginia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Marlene Randall remembers the support of Rufae Holmes
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Marlene Randall describes Rufae Holmes' role in the desegregation of the Portsmouth Public Schools
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Marlene Randall describes her role in the consolidation of the Portsmouth Public Schools
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Marlene Randall recalls becoming the principal of Lakeview Elementary School in Portsmouth, Virginia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Marlene Randall recalls becoming the principal of Highland-Biltmore Elementary School in Portsmouth, Virginia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Marlene Randall describes her achievements at Lakeview Elementary School in Portsmouth, Virginia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Marlene Randall talks about the high school consolidation process in Portsmouth, Virginia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Marlene Randall describes a reprisal against her school integration efforts
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Marlene Randall describes the impact of her work on her health
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Marlene Randall reflects upon the problems facing today's youth
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Marlene Randall recalls her decision to run for the Portsmouth City Council
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Marlene Randall talks about her role as the secretary of the Area II NAACP
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Marlene Randall talks about her campaigns for the Portsmouth City Council
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Marlene Randal describes the economic challenges in Portsmouth, Virginia
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Marlene Randall describes the redevelopment plans for Portsmouth, Virginia
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Marlene Randall describes her concerns for the community of Portsmouth, Virginia
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Marlene Randall talks about the Tidewater Community College in Portsmouth, Virginia
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Marlene Randall describes her hopes for the Tidewater region of Virginia
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Marlene Randall reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Marlene Randall talks about her family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Marlene Randall describes her hopes for the community of Portsmouth, Virginia
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Marlene Randall describes how she would like to be remembered