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Mildred Bond Roxborough

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Association Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Green
Favorite Food:
Crab Cakes, Tropical Fruit, Veggies
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
6/30/1926
Birth Location:
Brownsville, Tennessee

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Association Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Green
Favorite Food:
Crab Cakes, Tropical Fruit, Veggies
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
6/30/1926
Birth Location:
Brownsville
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Biography

NAACP executive Mildred Bond Roxborough was born on June 30, 1926, in Brownsville, Tennessee, one of three daughters of college sweethearts Ollie and Mattye Tollette Bond. Roxborough’s family background included a tradition of African American empowerment; her mother’s family founded Tollette, Arkansas, which was a post-Reconstruction, all-African American town, while her own parents chartered Brownsville, Tennesee’s first chapter of the NAACP. At the age of nine, Roxborough began selling subscriptions to The Crisis, the official publication of the NAACP.

Roxborough and her family moved to Kansas City after her father’s involvement in civil rights activities forced her family to leave Tennessee; it was there that she graduated from Charles Sumner High School in 1943. Roxborough worked towards her college undergraduate degree at Howard University and Washington Square College of New York University, finishing in 1947; she received her M.A degree from Columbia University in 1953, and attended the University of Paris extension at Marseilles and the University of Mexico at Cuernavaca.

Roxborough’s career at the NAACP began with her position as national staff field secretary in 1954; she became the executive assistant and the administrative assistant to executive director in 1963, and in 1975, she became assistant director. Between 1978 and 1984, Roxborough became director of operations for the NAACP. Between 1984 and 1986, Roxborough moved up to become director of programs; she was the first woman to serve the organization in that role. Roxborough served as director of development from 1986 until her retirement in 1997. Despite her retirement, Roxborough, a mainstay of the organization, remained intimately involved with the planning and core operations of the annual NAACP National Convention and the organization’s New York Bureau.

In addition to her service to and lifetime membership in the NAACP, Roxborough served as vice chairman of Intergroup Corporation, and on the boards of America's Charities and Morningside Retirement and Health, Incorporated. Roxborough’s honors and awards included the James Weldon John¬son Medal; the Medgar Wiley Evers Award; and America's Charities Distinguished Service Award.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Mildred Bond Roxborough's interview, session 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Mildred Bond Roxborough lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Mildred Bond Roxborough describes her maternal family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Mildred Bond Roxborough recounts how her maternal grandfather founded Tollette, Arkansas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Mildred Bond Roxborough describes her mother's education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Mildred Bond Roxborough describes her paternal family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Mildred Bond Roxborough talks about her father's childhood and U.S. military service
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Mildred Bond Roxborough tells the story of how her parents met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Mildred Bond Roxborough describes her parents' teaching careers at Haywood County Training School in Brownsville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Mildred Bond Roxborough lists her siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Mildred Bond Roxborough describe her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Mildred Bond Roxborough describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Mildred Bond Roxborough recalls why her parents established an NAACP branch in Haywood County, Tennessee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Mildred Bond Roxborough remembers the backlash from the white community when her father tried to register to vote
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Mildred Bond Roxborough explains how she was affected by the violent response to her parents' voting rights activism
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Mildred Bond Roxborough remembers a threat to her father's life
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Mildred Bond Roxborough remembers her father's narrow escape from an attempt on his life in Brownsville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Mildred Bond Roxborough remembers her father's return to Brownsville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Mildred Bond Roxborough recalls enrolling at Howard University in Washington, D.C. after her graduation from high school at age fifteen
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Mildred Bond Roxborough remembers her time at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Mildred Bond Roxborough describes scholars at Howard University in Washington, D.C. during the 1940s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Mildred Bond Roxborough explains her decision to transfer to New York University in New York, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Mildred Bond Roxborough recalls her introduction to leadership of the NAACP
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Mildred Bond Roxborough describes her recruitment to the NAACP
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Mildred Bond Roxborough explains her first assignment at the NAACP
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Mildred Bond Roxborough remembers working for Dr. Lillie May Carroll Jackson
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Mildred Bond Roxborough recalls working with notoriously difficult NAACP leaders
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Mildred Bond Roxborough recalls the first NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Mildred Bond Roxborough describes the reaction to the Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka decision at the NAACP
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Mildred Bond Roxborough remembers organizing in Arkansas following the Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka decision
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Mildred Bond Roxborough talks about Daisy Bates
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Mildred Bond Roxborough talks about NAACP community meetings in Arkansas in 1954
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Mildred Bond Roxborough remembers a funny story from her time traveling for the NAACP
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Mildred Bond Roxborough recalls going to Mississippi after her NAACP work in Arkansas
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Mildred Bond Roxborough elaborates on her experience as an NAACP fieldworker in the 1950s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Mildred Bond Roxborough describes the gender dynamics of being a female NAACP fieldworker in the 1950s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Mildred Bond Roxborough recalls highlights from her NAACP fieldwork
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Mildred Bond Roxborough remembers Medgar Evers
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Mildred Bond Roxborough talks about the relationship between the NAACP Youth Council and NAACP leadership
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Slating of Mildred Bond Roxborough's interview, session 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Mildred Bond Roxborough remembers NAACP leaders who were assassinated in Mississippi
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Mildred Bond Roxborough explains the importance of attaining the right to vote in primaries in 1948
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Mildred Bond Roxborough talks about her role as an NAACP field secretary
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Mildred Bond Roxborough traces how the NAACP's legal strategy for educational integration culminated in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, 1954
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Mildred Bond Roxborough talks about the relationship between the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and the NAACP
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Mildred Bond Roxborough describes life on the road as an NAACP fieldworker
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Mildred Bond Roxborough remembers women who were the backbone of the NAACP
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Mildred Bond Roxborough recalls her marriage to John W. Roxborough
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Mildred Bond Roxborough talks about the value of African American history
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Mildred Bond Roxborough remembers the assassination of Medgar Evers
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Mildred Bond Roxborough reflects upon changes in Mississippi following the assassination of Medgar Evers
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Mildred Bond Roxborough talks about conditions that led to riots following the assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Mildred Bond Roxborough explains how the NAACP approaches civil rights issues in the 2000s
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Mildred Bond Roxborough talks about the proliferation of African American organizations
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Mildred Bond Roxborough explains Roy Wilkins' response to the Black Power movement
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Mildred Bond Roxborough responds to African American nostalgia for segregated education
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Mildred Bond Roxborough explains how the NAACP was a model for later activist organizations
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Mildred Bond Roxborough remembers assaults withstood by the NAACP
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Mildred Bond Roxborough talks about the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and the Democratic Party in 2005
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Mildred Bond Roxborough describes her concerns for the future
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Mildred Bond Roxborough talks about her stepsons' accomplishments
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Mildred Bond Roxborough explains the importance of history
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Mildred Bond Roxborough reflects upon the history of the NAACP
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Mildred Bond Roxborough talks about the NAACP's founding
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Mildred Bond Roxborough lists the African American executive directors of the NAACP
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Mildred Bond Roxborough explains how Bruce S. Gordon was appointed director of the NAACP
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Mildred Bond Roxborough describes how NAACP leadership changed during the early 20th century
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Mildred Bond Roxborough lists recent directors of the NAACP
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Mildred Bond Roxborough explains the organizational structure of the NAACP
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Mildred Bond Roxborough reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 9 Story: 8 - Mildred Bond Roxborough describes her hopes for the African American community
  • Tape: 9 Story: 9 - Mildred Bond Roxborough recalls her father's principles
  • Tape: 10 Story: 1 - Mildred Roxborough recalls the NAACP's support of Ambassador HistoryMaker The Honorable Andrew Young
  • Tape: 10 Story: 2 - Mildred Roxborough recalls being convinced to participate in The HistoryMakers by HistoryMaker Paul Brock
  • Tape: 10 Story: 3 - Mildred Roxborough explains why Gordon S. Parks was appointed NAACP president in 2005
  • Tape: 10 Story: 4 - Mildred Roxborough narrates her photographs