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Nadine P. Winter

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Community Activist
City Council Member

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Pink
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Washington, D.C., New York City
Favorite Quote:
God Is Great And God Is Good.

Birthplace

Born:
3/3/1924
Birth Location:
New Bern, North Carolina

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Community Activist
City Council Member

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Pink
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Washington, D.C., New York City
Favorite Quote:
God Is Great And God Is Good.

Birthplace

Born:
3/3/1924
Birth Location:
New Bern
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Biography

Former Washington, D.C. City Council member Nadine Poole Winter, founder of Hospitality House and Health Action Information Network, was born in New Bern, North Carolina on March 3, 1924. The daughter of Elnora Kenyon Poole and Sam Poole, Winter grew up in North Carolina and attended public school in Winston-Salem, where her family ran a brickyard. She graduated from Atkins High School in 1941 and enrolled in Livingstone College in nearby Salisbury, North Carolina. From there, she went to New York City where she worked as a cook while attending Brooklyn College. It was then that she first became involved as a community activist by opening a storefront community center to foster cultural understanding in her neighborhood.

In 1945, Winter came to Washington, D.C. to work on her master’s thesis on urban renewal at Federal City College. In D.C., she opened a center similar to her Brooklyn facility, which she called “Unity.” Throughout the 1950s, Winter worked in various positions in the federal government, yet remained committed to her outside organizing projects. In 1959, she founded Hospitality House, an organization helping low-income families in Washington, D.C. Winter’s community involvement ultimately led to her role in city government. Winter represented Ward 6 on the D.C. Council from 1974 to 1990. Her ward encompassed much of Anacostia and part of Northeast Washington, including the H Street corridor. After retiring from government, she founded Health Action Information Network, a non-profit agency providing health education and a community resource.

Winter belongs to the National Association of Social Workers. She is a founding member of the National Congress of Black Women and a member of the Self-Determination for D.C. Coalition. She is active in the community of breast cancer survivors and participates in many other activities and organizations.

Nadine Winter passed away on August 26, 2011.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Nadine P. Winter's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Nadine P. Winter lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Nadine P. Winter describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Nadine P. Winter describes her maternal grandfather's logging business
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Nadine P. Winter describes meeting her maternal half-uncle
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Nadine P. Winter describes her mother's upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Nadine P. Winter describes the role of churches in the South during the early 1900s
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Nadine P. Winter describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Nadine P. Winter remembers fleeing her burning house in New Bern, North Carolina as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Nadine P. Winter describes helping her father at his brickyard
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Nadine P. Winter talks about her family surviving the Great Depression
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Nadine P. Winter describes searching for records of her family's house burning in New Bern, North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Nadine P. Winter describes her parents' personalities and who she takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Nadine P. Winter describes growing up in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Nadine P. Winter recalls a moment of childhood defiance in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Nadine P. Winter recalls a moment of childhood defiance in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Nadine P. Winter describes the sights, sounds, and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Nadine P. Winter talks about studying home economics and history
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Nadine P. Winter describes encountering different religious views
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Nadine P. Winter describes her organizing activities at church as a teenager
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Nadine P. Winter remembers being taught by Togo D. West, Sr. at Atkins High School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Nadine P. Winter describes her time at Hampton Institute in Hampton, Virginia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Nadine P. Winter talks about working as a cook while attending Brooklyn College in New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Nadine P. Winter describes living in New York City and establishing a community center
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Nadine P. Winter describes founding Unity community center while attending Federal City College in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Nadine P. Winter describes her community work in Washington, D.C. during the late 1940s and 1950s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Nadine P. Winter describes working at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. during the 1950s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Nadine P. Winter talks about starting Hospitality House Inc. in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Nadine P. Winter remembers prominent Washington, D.C. business owner Cecelia Penny Scott
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Nadine P. Winter recalls raising money to fund Hospitality House Inc. in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Nadine P. Winter recounts the impact of Hospitality House Inc. in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Nadine Winter describes the mission of her organization, Hospitality House Inc. in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Nadine P. Winter remembers HistoryMaker The Honorable Marion Barry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Nadine P. Winter describes her method of community outreach
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Nadine P. Winter remembers the Kennedys and their impact on Hospitality House Inc.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Nadine P. Winter describes her involvement with the Selma to Montgomery March and the March on Washington
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Nadine P. Winter remembers the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy and her relationship with the Kennedys
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Nadine P. Winter remembers a car accident while traveling to Arkansas for school desegregation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Nadine P. Winter shares her thoughts about the funding of non-profit organizations
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Nadine P. Winter describes her philosophy of community outreach
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Nadine P. Winter describes running for a seat on Washington, D.C.'s school board in the early 1970s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Nadine P. Winter recalls being elected to the first Council of the District of Columbia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Nadine P. Winter talks about the Council of the District of Columbia's original members
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Nadine P. Winter describes issues she addressed on the Council of the District of Columbia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Nadine P. Winter describes HistoryMaker The Honorable Marion Barry as a politician
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Nadine P. Winter talks about urban homesteading and her other accomplishments as councilwoman
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Nadine P. Winter shares her thoughts about the Electoral College
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Nadine P. Winter describes Health Outreach Information Network, Inc. in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Nadine P. Winter talks about founding Health Outreach Information Network, Inc. in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Nadine P. Winter describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Nadine P. Winter reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Nadine P. Winter reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Nadine P. Winter talks about her mother witnessing her academic success
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Nadine P. Winter talks about her family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Nadine P. Winter describes how she would like to be remembered