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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Nonprofit Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Stew (Groundnut)
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
Keep the faith.

Birthplace

Born:
9/4/1945
Birth Location:
Los Angeles, California

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Nonprofit Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Stew (Groundnut)
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
Keep the faith.

Birthplace

Born:
9/4/1945
Birth Location:
Los Angeles
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Biography

Ramona Edelin was born in Los Angeles, California, on September 4, 1945. At an early age, Edelin's family relocated to Atlanta, Georgia, where she attended elementary school. Edelin went on to Carbondale, Illinois, for some high school; she graduated from Stockbridge High School in Massachusetts in 1963. Following graduation, Edelin attended Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, earning her B.A. degree in 1967, and then studied at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England, for her M.A. degree, completing the program in 1969. Edelin later resumed her education, completing her Ph.D. degree at Boston University in 1981.

After earning her master's degree, Edelin became the founder and chair of the Department of African American Studies at Northeastern University. In 1977, Edelin joined the National Urban Coalition, where she eventually rose to the positions of president and CEO. Under Edelin's guidance, the NUC initiated the Say Yes to a Youngster's Future program, which provided math, science, and technology assistance to youth and teachers of color in urban settings. Under the National Science Foundation's Urban Systemic Initiative, this program was brought to more than two hundred schools nationwide, and was eventually partnered with the Laboratory for Student Success within the United States Department of Education. Edelin also created the M. Carl Holman Leadership Development Institute and the Executive Leadership Program, bringing minorities into leadership development opportunities. In 1998, President Bill Clinton appointed Edelin to the Presidential Board on Historically Black Colleges and Universities; she also accompanied the president on his trip to South Africa that same year. Edelin went on to serve as treasurer of the Black Leadership Forum, which she co-founded.

Edelin served on a wide array of committees and boards of directors, having chaired the District of Columbia Educational Goals 2000 Panel; sitting on the board of the Federal Advisory Committee for the Black Community Crusade for Children; and chairing the board of the D.C. Community Humanities Council. A resident of Washington, D.C., Edelin was recognized by Ebony as one of the 100 Most Influential Black Americans; earned the Southern Christian Leadership Award for Progressive Leadership; and received the IBM Community Executive Program Award.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Photo - Ramona Edelin's maternal grandmother's family, the Lightners, Chester, South Carolina, ca. 1900
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Photo - Ramona Edelin's mother and stepfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Photo - Ramona Edelin's children, ca. 1995
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Photo - Ramona Edelin's maternal grandmother, Leathia Minnie Lightner Lewis
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Photo - Ramona Edelin's maternal grandfather, William Charles Lewis, II
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Photo - Ramona Edelin and her extended family celebrating Nelson Mandela's release from prison, 1990
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Photo - Ramona Edelin's grandmother's mother, Daphney Lightner, ca. late 1800s
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Photo - Ramona Edelin's grandfather's father, William Charles Lewis, ca. early 1900s
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Photo - Ramona Edelin's grandfather's mother, ca. late 1800s
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Photo - Ramona Edelin at age two, 1947
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Photo - Ramona Edelin with her mother, Leathia Annette Lewis, Atlanta, Georgia, ca. 1953
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Photo - Ramona Edelin's mother, Leathia Annette Lewis, as a graduate of Fisk University, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Photo - Ramona Edelin's uncle, William Charles Lewis, III, throwing a javelin for Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia, ca. 1930s
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Photo - Ramona Edelin on the campus of Fisk University, Nashville, Tennessee, 1963
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - Photo - Ramona Edelin with other Phi Beta Kappa inductees at Fisk University, Nashville, Tennessee, ca. 1966-1967
  • Tape: 1 Story: 16 - Photo - Ramona Edelin with her homecoming court at Fisk University, Nashville, Tennessee, ca. 1964
  • Tape: 1 Story: 17 - Photo - Two views of Ramona Edelin as queen of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity at Fisk University, Nashville, Tennessee, 1965
  • Tape: 1 Story: 18 - Photo - Ramona Edelin with students whose parents attended Fisk University, Nashville, Tennessee, Fall, 1963
  • Tape: 1 Story: 19 - Photo - Ramona Edelin demands the white press be removed from a meeting between town locals and college students, Nashville, Tennessee, ca. 1960s
  • Tape: 1 Story: 20 - Photo - Ramona Edelin as a graduate of Fisk University, Nashville, Tennessee, 1967
  • Tape: 1 Story: 21 - Photo - Ramona Edelin with other homecoming queens from black colleges, 1964
  • Tape: 1 Story: 22 - Photo - Two views of Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte at a writers workshop at Fisk University, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 1 Story: 23 - Photo - Ramona Edelin, ca. 1990s
  • Tape: 1 Story: 24 - Slating of Ramona Edelin interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 25 - Ramona Edelin lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 26 - Ramona Edelin talks about her father's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 27 - Ramona Edelin recalls her mother's background and her ancestors
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Ramona Edelin talks about the values instilled in her as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Ramona Edelin shares memories of her grandfather and his personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Ramona Edelin talks about her grandmother and her attitudes toward education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Ramona Edelin shares stories about her mother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Ramona Edelin talks about her earliest memories as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Ramona Edelin shares stories surrounding her birth and the untimely death of her father
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Ramona Edelin recalls growing up in and around a college campus
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Ramona Edelin talks about her religious upbringing
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Ramona Edelin talks about her mother moving her from South Carolina to Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Ramona Edelin talks about her grade school experiences in Atlanta
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Ramona Edelin talks about the origin of her name
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Ramona Edelin discusses the concept of the lab school system of education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Ramona Edelin talks about her difficult educational experiences in southern Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Ramona Edelin talks about trying to fit in as a teenager at school in Carbondale, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Ramona Edelin shares stories about her encounters with racism as a teenager in Carbondale, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Ramona Edelin reflects on her childhood encounters with racism and segregation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Ramona Edelin talks about her experiences in high school in Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Ramona Edelin talks about her exposure to international affairs in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Ramona Edelin talks about some of her activities in high school in Massachusetts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Ramona Edelin talks about her decision to attend Fisk University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Ramona Edelin talks about her experiences at Fisk University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Ramona Edelin recalls her activities and the professors who influenced her at Fisk University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Ramona Edelin discusses W.E.B. DuBois, the topic of her studies at Fisk University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Ramona Edelin details juggling marriage, motherhood and studying for her master's degree
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Ramona Edelin recalls her activities in college working for Dr. Martin Luther King
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Ramona Edelin talks more about her experiences while working for Dr. King
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Ramona Edelin recalls stories of the terrible struggles black soldiers endured during the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Ramona Edelin talks about civil rights activities that went on in Atlanta when she was a child
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Ramona Edelin recalls the writers workshop at Fisk University hosted by John Oliver Killens
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Ramona Edelin talks about the stresses of juggling her career with her husband's legal woes
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Ramona Edelin recalls the racist environment in Boston during the 1970s and how it affected her career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Ramona Edelin talks about her move from Boston to Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Ramona Edelin recalls her meeting with M. Carl Holman and her work with the National Urban Coalition
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Ramona Edelin details the history and purpose of the National Urban Coalition
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Ramona Edelin talks about her career path
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Ramona Edelin reflects on the deaths of many influential family members
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Ramona Edelin talks about her activities with black leaders in Washington D.C.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Ramona Edelin talks about the activities at the National Urban Coalition during her tenure there
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Ramona Edelin talks about other points in her career
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Ramona Edelin discusses trying to run the National Urban Coalition on limited funding in the 1980s and 1990s
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Ramona Edelin details how she became director of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Ramona Edelin talks about the purpose and activities of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Ramona Edelin talks more about the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and about her next career move
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Ramona Edelin talks about her involvement in coining the term "African American"
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Ramona Edelin talks about the cultural identity of the African American people and shares her thoughts on integration
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Ramona Edelin gives her concerns about the black community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Ramona Edelin discusses the current political administration and its damage to the black community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Ramona Edelin talks about the importance of Historically Black Colleges and Universities
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Ramona Edelin talks about her friendship with Stokely Carmichael
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Ramona Edelin gives her views on single parenting and the importance of a family network
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Ramona Edelin describes what makes African Americans unique in today's society
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Ramona Edelin talks about what might be her legacy and her role models among the African American leadership
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Ramona Edelin discusses today's young adults and her activities in the Delta Sigma Theta sorority