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Maureen Forte

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Elementary School Teacher
Radio Host

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Mustard and Turnip Greens, Sweet Potatoes
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Las Vegas, Nevada
Favorite Quote:
Injustice Anywhere Is A Threat To Justice Everywhere.

Birthplace

Born:
10/1/1950
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Elementary School Teacher
Radio Host

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Mustard and Turnip Greens, Sweet Potatoes
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Las Vegas, Nevada
Favorite Quote:
Injustice Anywhere Is A Threat To Justice Everywhere.

Birthplace

Born:
10/1/1950
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Teacher and radio personality Maureen Forte was born in Chicago, Illinois on October 1, 1950. Her parents, Georgia Ann Jones and Willis Jones, grew up in West Virginia and later relocated to Chicago. After graduating from Englewood High School in Chicago, Forte attended Chicago State University, earning her bachelor’s degree in education in 1974.

Forte began her teaching career at St. Thaddeus in Chicago, where she taught for ten years following her graduation from Chicago State University. During this time, Forte began her involvement in a number of organizations, and served as a delegate for the Chicago Teachers Union for ten years. In 1989, she began teaching at the Sawyer Elementary School in Chicago. She has also become highly active in the NAACP and the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition. She founded the South Suburban chapter of Rainbow/PUSH in 1990 and has continued to raise the bar for social commitment in the area. Since founding the branch, Forte served as president until stepping down in 2004.

Forte served as the vice-president of the South Suburban NAACP and hosted her own radio talk show, N’ the Know with Moe, which is broadcast on WCFJ-AM on Sunday afternoons. She is also a member of the Legislative and Women’s Rights Committees of the Chicago Teachers Union. On May 9, 2007, Forte became the first Black female village trustee of East Hazel Crest, Illinois, and on May 18, 2007, she became a delegate of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).

Forte was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 27, 2004.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Maureen Forte's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Maureen Forte lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Maureen Forte describes her maternal family history in Elbert, West Virginia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Maureen Forte talks about her familial relation to HistoryMaker Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth and her family's move to Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Maureen Forte describes her parents' occupations
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Maureen Forte recalls her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Maureen Forte describes the sights, sounds, and smells of her first Chicago neighborhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Maureen Forte reminisces about her community in the Park Manor neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois and childhood personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Maureen Forte describes two influential teachers from grade school, Mrs. Knight and Mr. Stiegel
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Maureen Forte describes activities she enjoyed as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Maureen Forte remembers her time at Englewood High School in Chicago, Illinois and her first prom
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Maureen Forte talks about her experience at Englewood High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Maureen Forte talks about racial discrimination in high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Maureen Forte talks about her political engagement as a youth in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Maureen Forte recalls influential teachers at Englewood High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Maureen Forte recalls her first jobs
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Maureen Forte remembers her start in community theater
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Maureen Forte talks about her studies at Chicago State University in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Maureen Forte talks about joining the USO (United Service Organization) and life after graduating from college
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Maureen Forte talks about performing with the United Service Organization (USO) in Seoul, Korea
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Maureen Forte describes joining Operation PUSH and founding a Chicago chapter of Rainbow PUSH
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Maureen Forte describes her early involvement with the Decatur Seven
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Maureen Forte talks about the impact of the "Decatur Seven" on zero-tolerance policies in schools
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Maureen Forte describes how zero-tolerance policies target minorities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Maureen Forte talks about educating voters and producing HistoryMaker Reverend Jesse Jackson's radio show
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Maureen Forte talks about her involvement with the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and the "Death Row Ten"
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Maureen Forte describes her radio talk show, "'N the Know with Moe"
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Maureen Forte details the importance of voting in one's residential district and gentrification in south suburban Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Maureen Forte explains the importance of voting
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Maureen Forte describes her campaigns for Illinois State Representative
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Maureen Forte reflects on her relationship with Rainbow/PUSH after her seven-year presidency
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Maureen Forte describes her hopes for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Maureen Forte talks about her divorce and her daughters
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Maureen Forte reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Maureen Forte talks about how she wants to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Maureen Forte narrates her photographs