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Maxine Duster

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
High School Teacher

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Cookies (Cinnamon)
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Warm
Favorite Quote:
If You See It, Believe It.

Birthplace

Born:
8/23/1939
Birth Location:
Pelham, Texas

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
High School Teacher

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Cookies (Cinnamon)
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Warm
Favorite Quote:
If You See It, Believe It.

Birthplace

Born:
8/23/1939
Birth Location:
Pelham
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Biography

Civic leader and educator Maxine Duster was born on August 23, 1939, in the all black town of Pelham, Texas, which was founded by her newly freed ancestors in 1866. Graduating from Pelham High School in 1956, Duster earned her B.S. degree in education from Texas Southern University in 1961. She would go on to earn masters degrees from Governors State University and National Louis University, both in Illinois.

Duster taught in the Chicago Public School System from 1961 through 1979. From 1982 to 1989, she served as manager of community relations for Michael Reese Hospital. Duster served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Harold Washington Foundation for several years, starting in 1987. Duster was director of the Chicago Urban League’s education-focused Smart Program from 1989 to 1991. She also served as vice principal and principal of the Corporate Community School of America from 1991 to 1995. Duster directed the Working in the Schools (WITS) program from 1995 to 1996. From 1997 to 2006, she managed the Reach Out and Read pediatric literacy program for Illinois’ Cook County Hospitals.

Well-known for her civic involvement, Duster serves on the Leadership Advisory Committee board of the Chicago Art Institute, the Legacy Fund Board of Advisors of the Chicago Community Trust and is a past president of the Chicago Child Care Society. She has served for many years as a founding member of the Black Creativity celebration at the Museum of Science and Industry.

Duster is married to Donald Duster. They live in Chicago and have three grown children: one daughter, Michelle, and two sons, David and Daniel.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Maxine Duster lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Maxine Duster describes her mother's side of the family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Maxine Duster describes her family's community in Pelham, Texas, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Maxine Duster describes her mother's education, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Maxine Duster describes her mother's education, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Maxine Duster describes her father's side of the family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Maxine Duster describes her family's community in Pelham, Texas, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Maxine Duster describes Zeno Carroll's significance in Pelham, Texas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Maxine Duster describes her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Maxine Duster reflects upon her parents' upbringing and education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Maxine Duster describes her parents' personalities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Maxine Duster describes her earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Maxine Duster describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Maxine Duster describes her paternal great-grandfather's storytelling
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Maxine Duster remembers popular radio programs
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Maxine Duster recalls segregation in Pelham, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Maxine Duster reflects upon women's athletics from her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Maxine Duster describes her time at Pelham School in Pelham, Texas, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Maxine Duster describes her time at Pelham School in Pelham, Texas, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Maxine Duster describes Wesley United Methodist Church in Pelham, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Maxine Duster recalls her decision to attend Texas Southern University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Maxine Duster remembers her time at Texas Southern University, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Maxine Duster remembers her time at Texas Southern University, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Maxine Duster recalls attending an event featuring the Kennedys in Houston
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Maxine Duster recalls President Lyndon Baines Johnson's support for civil rights
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Maxine Duster talks about her civil rights involvement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Maxine Duster describes her year-long break from Texas Southern University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Maxine Duster remembers her teaching career in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Maxine Duster describes her teaching experience in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Maxine Duster describes her family and volunteer activities in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Maxine Duster describes Chicago Focus for Women: Black and White, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Maxine Duster describes Chicago Focus for Women: Black and White, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Maxine Duster remembers Chicago's Willis Wagons
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Maxine Duster remembers civil rights activities in Chicago and Dallas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Maxine Duster reflects upon her volunteerism
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Maxine Duster recalls Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Maxine Duster remembers addressing curriculum challenges as a teacher
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Maxine Duster describes her volunteer activities in the 1980s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Maxine Duster describes her graduate studies in communication science
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Maxine Duster describes becoming assistant principal at Chicago's Corporate Community School
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Maxine Duster describes Chicago's Corporate Community School, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Maxine Duster describes Chicago's Corporate Community School, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Maxine Duster describes Working In The Schools and Cook County Health and Hospitals System
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Maxine Duster remembers her involvement with the Harold Washington Foundation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Maxine Duster describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Maxine Duster reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Maxine Duster reflects upon her family's relationship to Ida B. Wells
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Maxine Duster reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Maxine Duster describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Maxine Duster reflects upon her identity as a former Pelham resident
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Maxine Duster reflects upon her educational experience in Pelham, Texas
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Maxine Duster remembers her father and uncle's deaths
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Maxine Duster narrates her photographs