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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Magazine Editor
Magazine Publishing Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken, Oatmeal
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto You.

Birthplace

Born:
4/30/1908
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Magazine Editor
Magazine Publishing Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken, Oatmeal
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto You.

Birthplace

Born:
4/30/1908
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Publisher Ruth Mosselle Apilado was born in Chicago, Illinois on April 30, 1908. Her mother, Clara Mays, was a homemaker, and her father, Stewart Mays, was a postal worker. After graduating from McKinley High School in 1925, Apilado attended Chicago Teachers College, where she earned her teaching certificate in 1928.

After becoming a teacher, Apilado was hired by the Chicago public schools, and she worked as an elementary school teacher until 1973. During that time, she was exposed to the world of magazine publishing, having spent 1942 as the editor of the Negro Youth Photo Scripts Magazine (NYPS). Following her retirement from the Chicago public schools, Apilado returned to the publishing world, founding America’s Intercultural Magazine (AIM), in 1973. The magazine, published quarterly, was founded to help purge racism from society and to establish a scholarship fund for underprivileged youth.

Today, Apilado is an associate editor of AIM, and regularly contributes to the magazine. Her son, Myron Apilado, former vice president of minority affairs at the University of Washington, Seattle, serves as the editor and publisher. Her contributions to society have been documented as far back as the Chicago Tribune in 1940, and more recently in N’Digo magazine and People You Should Know with Harry Porterfield.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Ruth Apilado lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Ruth Apilado talks about her maternal family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Ruth Apilado talks about her father and his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Ruth Apilado talks about her father's profession and her relation to HistoryMaker Lutrelle Fleming "Lu" Palmer, II
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Ruth Apilado tells stories about her relatives
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Ruth Apilado describes her earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Ruth Apilado talks about the schools she attended in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Ruth Apilado remembers her and her sister's childhood nickname
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Ruth Apilado remembers her childhood neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Ruth Apilado talks about attending Hayes School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Ruth Apilado talks about her parents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Ruth Apilado describes her experience at McKinley High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Ruth Apilado recalls her experience with racial discrimination at McKinley High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Ruth Apilado talks about the Chicago Race Riot of 1919
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Ruth Apilado describes graduating from McKinley High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Ruth Apilado recalls the controversy over including her poem about Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s death in a school graduation program
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Ruth Apilado remembers being a substitute teacher in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Ruth Apilado describes her first teaching position and her friendship with a white teacher at Hayes School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Ruth Apilado talks about her novel 'The Joneses'
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Ruth Apilado recalls attending writers' meetings at Alice Browning's house in Chicago, Illiniois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Ruth Apilado describes the founding of Negro Youth Photo-Script (NYPS) magazine and the writers she knew
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Ruth Apilado talks about the Chicago World's Fair in 1933
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Ruth Apilado recalls attending Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and contributing to African American publications
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Ruth Apilado describes creating America's Intercultural Magazine, AIM
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Ruth Apilado describes her visit to the South in the 1940s and her attempt to meet with U.S. Senator Theodore G. Bilbo in Mississippi
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Ruth Apilado talks about her involvement in PUSH
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Ruth Apilado describes her plan to move to South America to avoid racial discrimination in the United States
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Ruth Apilado talks about the Civil Rights Movement and racial equality
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Ruth Apilado describes her son
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Ruth Apilado talks about her hopes for racial equality
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Ruth Apilado reflects upon her life and the state of U.S. politics
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Ruth Apilado describes letters she has written to people
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Ruth Apilado talks about the circulation of America's Intercultural Magazine (AIM)
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Ruth Apilado reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Ruth Apilado describes her novel, 'The Joneses'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Ruth Apilado describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Ruth Apilado talks about her parents
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Ruth Apilado gives advice to young people
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Ruth Apilado narrates her photographs