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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Association Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken, Macaroni and Cheese
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Nobody Can Make You Inferior Without Your Consent.

Birthplace

Born:
8/13/1939
Birth Location:
Danville, Illinois

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Association Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken, Macaroni and Cheese
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Nobody Can Make You Inferior Without Your Consent.

Birthplace

Born:
8/13/1939
Birth Location:
Danville
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Biography

Reginald Lee Weaver was born on August 13, 1939 in Danville, Illinois to Mary Alice Buchanan and Carl Weaver. Weaver graduated from Danville High School in 1957 and earned his B.A. degree in special education for the physically challenged at Illinois State University in 1961. He received his Masters degree from Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois in 1971.

He served as president of his local in Harvey, Ill., president of the NEA affiliate in Illinois and is now serving his second term as president of the 3.2 million-member National Education Association (NEA) – the nation’s largest professional employee organization.

Weaver also serves as vice president of Education International, a 394-member organization representing nearly 30 million teachers and education workers in 171 countries.

He travels nationally and internationally, working tirelessly as an ambassador for public education and advocating for the basic right of every student to attend a great public school. In 2006, Weaver made a landmark visit to the Lincoln Cathedral in England – home to a very rare copy of the Magna Carta – that was met with widespread acclaim. In recognition of his commitment to democracy and fundamental freedoms, the Cathedral unveiled a stone column in Weaver’s name.

He is the recipient of three honorary doctorates recognizing his “world-class leadership in the efforts to educate children,” the most recent from Lincoln University in the United Kingdom.
North Carolina's Shaw University awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters to Weaver in 2006. He was also conferred with an honorary Doctor of Public Service by South Carolina State University at its 2007 Spring Commencement.

A recognized expert on public education issues, Weaver has testified before Congress on federal education policy and frequently provides a critical voice on public education for national publications, including The New York Times, USA Today and The Washington Post, along with decision-maker publications, such as Congressional Quarterly, Education Week, and Education Daily. Weaver regularly appears on such news programs as CNN Headline News, C-Span’s Washington Journal, and ABC World News Tonight. He has been invited to discuss pressing education issues on National Public Radio’s News & Notes with Ed Gordon, CNN Radio Network, AP Radio Network and others.

His commitment and contributions to public education haven’t gone unnoticed. He has been named one of Ebony magazine’s 100 Most Influential Black Americans for his national influence.

Weaver was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 2, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Reginald Weaver lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Reginald Weaver states his date and place of birth
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Reginald Weaver describes visiting his biological father in St. Louis, Missouri, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Reginald Weaver describes visiting his biological father in St. Louis, Missouri, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Reginald Weaver talks about his mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Reginald Weaver talks about his mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Reginald Weaver describes his hometown of Danville, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Reginald Weaver talks about his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Reginald Weaver talks about his education at Cannon Elementary School and Jackson School in Danville, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Reginald Weaver talks about junior high school at Cannon Elementary School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Reginald Weaver talks about junior high at Cannon Elementary School and Mr. Brown's barbershop in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Reginald Weaver describes the sounds, sights and smells of his childhood in Danville, Illinois, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Reginald Weaver describes the sounds, sights and smells of his childhood in Danville, Illinois, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Reginald Weaver talks about going to church in Danville, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Reginald Weaver talks about his childhood friends
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Reginald Weaver talks about attending Danville High School in Danville, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Reginald Weaver talks about his teachers and the Wall of Fame at Danville High School in Danville, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Reginald Weaver talks about his mother's education and career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Reginald Weaver talks about his stepfather
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Reginald Weaver talks about his academic performance at Danville High School in Danville, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Reginald Weaver describes being discriminated against and graduating from Danville High School in Danville, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Reginald Weaver talks about deciding to attend Illinois State Normal University in Normal, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Reginald Weaver talks about his first year at Illinois State Normal University in Normal, Illinois and athletes in the Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Reginald Weaver talks about the demographics of the student body and his second year at Illinois State Normal University in Normal, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Reginald Weaver recalls meeting Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Reginald Weaver recalls student activities at Illinois State Normal University in Normal, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Reginald Weaver talks about his third year at Illinois State Normal University in Normal, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Reginald Weaver talks about his fourth year at Illinois State Normal University in Normal, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Reginald Weaver talks about his post-graduation move to Chicago, Illinois and teaching in Harvey, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Reginald Weaver describes working at Riley School in Harvey, Illinois in the 1960s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Reginald Weaver talks about dealing with gang conflicts in Harvey, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Reginald Weaver talks about his activities within the Harvey Education Association and the Illinois Education Association
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Reginald Weaver describes his transition back to teaching at Riley Elementary School in Harvey, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Reginald Weaver reflects on his work as a teacher and the transition to becoming a union leader
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Reginald Weaver recalls the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, Malcolm X, and Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Reginald Weaver describes the National Education Association's politics and his experience with the Illinois Department of Employment
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Reginald Weaver describes working for the State of Illinois and his return to the education world
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Reginald Weaver talks about his marriage and family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Reginald Weaver talks about bringing children home as a teacher and curricular issues in the 1970s and the early 2000s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Reginald Weaver talks about the National Education Association's response to the No Child Left Behind Act
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Reginald Weaver talks about the flaws of the No Child Left Behind Act
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Reginald Weaver talks about the politicians at the National Education Association Convention
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Reginald Weaver talks about school dropout rates
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Reginald Weaver talks about the National Education Association's incentives for minority outreach
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Reginald Weaver describes his duties as President of the National Education Association and a memorable visit to a school in Missouri
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Reginald Weaver talks about a memorable visit to a school in Missouri where he faced thoughtful questions from students about underfunding
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Reginald Weaver describes the structure and activities of the National Education Association
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Reginald Weaver reflects on the importance of adapting educational methods to the times
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Reginald Weaver describes the history of the National Education Association
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Reginald Weaver reflects on his mother's view of his accomplishments
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Reginald Weaver talks about his wife and his brothers
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Reginald Weaver talks about how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Reginald Weaver talks about his sons and learning to cut hair in college
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Reginald Weaver reflects upon changes in the National Education Association
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Reginald Weaver reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Reginald Weaver contemplates on his future