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Reverend Dr. Mary Ivey

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
EducationMakers
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
City Government Administrator
Elementary School Teacher
Minister

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Powder Blue
Favorite Food:
Greens (Collard)
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
I Love You.

Birthplace

Born:
2/9/1937
Birth Location:
Vian, Oklahoma

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
EducationMakers
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
City Government Administrator
Elementary School Teacher
Minister

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Powder Blue
Favorite Food:
Greens (Collard)
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
I Love You.

Birthplace

Born:
2/9/1937
Birth Location:
Vian
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Biography

Reverend Mary Edith Ivey is an accomplished teacher and principal, government manager, and minister. Ivey was born in Vian, Oklahoma on February 9, 1937, the youngest of five children born to Boyd Henry, a barber and construction worker, and Lucy Henry, a domestic and homemaker. She prepared for a career as a teacher, earning her B.A. degree in 1959 from the College of Oklahoma. She taught for several years in Lawton, Oklahoma and then spent twelve years as an educator in the Kansas City, Missouri Public School System - serving as a teacher, student and family home-school coordinator, head teacher and assistant principal. She attended graduate school at the University of Missouri and earned her M.A. degree in education from the University of Oklahoma.

In 1972, Ivey changed careers, becoming the Director of Program Evaluations for the Model Cities Program in the District of Columbia. She next served as Chief of Mental Health Planning for the District with her final government position being Chief of Long Range Planning for the District, before retiring in 1994.

Ivey prepared for the ministry by obtaining her Master’s of Divinity degree in 2001 from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington and her Ph.D. in divinity from Howard University. She was ordained into the gospel ministry at the historic Shiloh Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. and at the First Missionary Baptist Church in her home town of Vian, Okalahoma. She served as an Associate Minister at Shiloh Baptist before founding her own church—the non-denominational Church of God’s Love. She is also the founder, President and CEO of Maine Avenue Ministries. Her dissertation for her Howard University divinity degree was published in 2006—entitled Care Giving and Love; Let’s Overcome Violence Everywhere. Ivey’s Maine Avenue Ministries, founded in 1999 in Washington, D.C. is an umbrella for the World of Spiritual Service Leadership Scholarship Awards Program, The Institute for Spirituality, Education and Health and Community Fellowship, the LOVE program (Let’s Overcome Violence Everywhere), and the Long Term Advocacy Program.

Ivey is a widow—her husband, Monteria Ivey, who was an economist, passed away in 2002. She resides in Washington, D.C.

Ivey was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on November 9, 2006.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Reverend Dr. Mary Ivey lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Reverend Dr. Mary Ivey describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Reverend Dr. Mary Ivey describes her mother's education and employment
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Reverend Dr. Mary Ivey describes her mother's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Reverend Dr. Mary Ivey describes her maternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Reverend Dr. Mary Ivey describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Reverend Dr. Mary Ivey describes her paternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Reverend Dr. Mary Ivey describes her father's employment and personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Reverend Dr. Mary Ivey describes her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Reverend Dr. Mary Ivey describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Reverend Dr. Mary Ivey describes her childhood home in Vian, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Reverend Dr. Mary Ivey describes her childhood neighborhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Reverend Dr. Mary Ivey recalls growing up as the youngest of five children
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - Reverend Dr. Mary Ivey describes the role of religion in her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Reverend Dr. Mary Ivey describes her early experiences of religion
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Reverend Dr. Mary Ivey describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Reverend Dr. Mary Ivey describes her family's holidays and entertainment
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Reverend Dr. Mary Ivey describes her elementary school education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Reverend Dr. Mary Ivey describes her childhood mentors
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Reverend Dr. Mary Ivey describes her disposition as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Reverend Dr. Mary Ivey recalls briefly living in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Reverend Dr. Mary Ivey describes her parents' employment in Kansas City
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Reverend Dr. Mary Ivey describes her high school experience
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Reverend Dr. Mary Ivey recalls the Oklahoma College for Women
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Reverend Dr. Mary Ivey recalls obtaining a teaching position in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Reverend Dr. Mary Ivey describes her career at Richardson Elementary School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Reverend Dr. Mary Ivey recalls her promotions to assistant principal and principal
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Reverend Dr. Mary Ivey recalls joining the Model Cities program, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Reverend Dr. Mary Ivey recalls joining the Model Cities program, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Reverend Dr. Mary Ivey recalls the loss of funding for the Model Cities program
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Reverend Dr. Mary Ivey describes her career at the Department of Human Services
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Reverend Dr. Mary Ivey recalls meeting her husband at Shiloh Baptist Church
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Reverend Dr. Mary Ivey remembers retiring from government in 1994
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Reverend Dr. Mary Ivey describes her calling to the ministry
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Reverend Dr. Mary Ivey describes the process of ordination
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Reverend Dr. Mary Ivey describes her first sermon
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Reverend Dr. Mary Ivey remembers the Howard University School of Divinity
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Reverend Dr. Mary Ivey talks about her book, 'Care Giving and Love'
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Reverend Dr. Mary Ivey talks about founding Maine Avenue Ministries
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Reverend Dr. Mary Ivey describes her mission at Maine Avenue Ministries
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Reverend Dr. Mary Ivey describes the Let's Overcome Violence Everywhere program
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Reverend Dr. Mary Ivey talks about founding the Church of God's Love
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Reverend Dr. Mary Ivey describes the National Association of Minority Political Families
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Reverend Dr. Mary Ivey talks about her organizational involvement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Reverend Dr. Mary Ivey talks about The HistoryMakers project
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Reverend Dr. Mary Ivey reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Reverend Dr. Mary Ivey reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Reverend Dr. Mary Ivey describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Reverend Dr. Mary Ivey narrates her photographs