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Ruth Love

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Education Advisor
School Superintendent

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black, White
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Africa
Favorite Quote:
You Can Do Anything You Put Your Mind To.

Birthplace

Born:
4/22/1939
Birth Location:
Lawton, Oklahoma

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Education Advisor
School Superintendent

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black, White
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Africa
Favorite Quote:
You Can Do Anything You Put Your Mind To.

Birthplace

Born:
4/22/1939
Birth Location:
Lawton
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Biography

Eminent educator Ruth Love was born on April 22, 1939 in Lawton, Oklahoma. As a child, Love's favorite game was playing school. One does not have to delve deeply into Love's family tree to uncover the roots of her passion for education. Her grandfather Andrew A. Williams, a former slave, founded Lawton's first school for African Americans. Williams' achievements instilled in Love a passion for reading, which she parlayed into a lifelong educational career. Love received her B.A. in Education in 1954 from San Jose University. She went on to receive her M.A. in Guidance and Counseling from San Francisco State University in 1961. In 1971, Love was awarded her Ph.D. in Human Behavior and Psychology from the United States International University, San Diego.

Love began her career in education as a teacher in the Oakland Public Schools. In conjunction with her duties, Love immersed herself in numerous educational projects taking her across the globe to Ghana and England as a Fulbright Exchange Educator. Love assisted in drafting important education legislation, specifically the National Reading Act. She accepted an appointment as Director of the National Right to Read Program. After four years with the program, she took a position as the Superintendent of Schools in the Oakland Unified School District. During her seven-year tenure as Superintendent, she made an indelible mark on the Oakland School system. Two of Love's programs "Scholars and Artists" and "Face the Students" brought such African Americans of achievement as Alex Haley, Maya Angelou, James Baldwin and Coretta Scott King to motivate and inform students. Love was then the first woman recruited to head up Chicago's Public School system.

Love is the founder and president of RBL Enterprises, LTD., an educational consulting company. She has also authored several articles and books including Hello World (1975) and continues to teach courses in Education Administration at San Francisco State University as well as speaking and lecturing to educational leaders around the world. Her audiences are global, but her professional interests remain local. She continues to strive for the reform and improvement of education in urban American schools.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Ruth Love's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Ruth Love lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Ruth Love talks about her mother, Burnett Love
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Ruth Love describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Ruth Love talks about her Native American heritage
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Ruth Love talks about her father, Alvin Love
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Ruth Love talks about how her parents met and then settled in California
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Ruth Love describes her memories of moving to Bakersfield, California as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Ruth Love talks about her four siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Ruth Love describes the sights, sounds, and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Ruth Love describes her childhood personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Ruth Love describes her mother's impact on her educational path in high school
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Ruth Love describes her family life as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Ruth Love describes childhood road trips with her family
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Ruth Love talks about Miss Fray, an influential teacher at Lincoln Elementary School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Ruth Love describes her love of reading
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Ruth Love recalls how her father fought racial discrimination in Bakersfield, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Ruth Love describes her mother's influence on her reading
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Ruth Love describes her mother's perspective on slavery
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Ruth Love talks about attending an integrated church in Bakersfield, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Ruth Love talks about her experience at Bakersfield High School in Bakersfield, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Ruth Love talks about the role the YMCA played in her life
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Ruth Love talks about the Church of God
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Ruth Love talks about how she enrolled at San Jose State University in San Jose, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Ruth Love describes her experience at San Jose State University in San Jose, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Ruth Love describe skipping two grades in elementary school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Ruth Love talks about her awareness of The Civil Rights Movement and the work of A. Philip Randolph
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Ruth Love talks about how her upbringing prepared her for Chicago politics
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Ruth Love talks about Brown v. Board of Education and her admiration of Thurgood Marshall
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Ruth Love talks about her experience as a Fulbright Scholar in England
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Ruth Love talks about the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Ruth Love talks about her experience with racial discrimination abroad
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Ruth Love talks about her desire to go to Africa as a young teacher and her experience in Africa as an adult
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Ruth Love talks about her trip around the world
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Ruth Love describes her appointment as Bureau Chief for Program Development in Compensatory Education for the State of California in 1963
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Ruth Love talks about working with Wilson Riles at the California State Department of Education
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Ruth Love talks about addressing educational inequity in the State of California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Ruth Love talks about innovative teaching developments like small group instruction, community after-school programs, and inservice teacher training
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Ruth Love describes California's role as an educational innovator for the nation in the 1960s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Ruth Love talks about how she became an advocate for teacher reform
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Ruth Love describes being recruited as the superintendent of Oakland, California's Unified School District
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Ruth Love talks about the impact of her experience in the U.S. Department of Education on her superintendency in Oakland, California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Ruth Love describes how she engaged local schools in reform by inviting guest speakers like Alex Haley, Coretta Scott King, James Baldwin, and Rosalynn Carter
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Ruth Love talks about the impact of Marcus Foster's assassination on the city of Oakland, California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Ruth Love talks about her move to Chicago Public Schools as superintendent
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Ruth Love describes HistoryMaker Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr.'s opposition to her appointment as general superintendent of Chicago Public Schools
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Ruth Love talks about the state of the Chicago Public School system upon her arrival
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Ruth Love talks about Chicago politicians during her superintendency like Mayors Jane Margaret Byrne and Harold Washington, and Edward Vrdolyak
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Ruth Love talks about navigating Chicago politics
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Ruth Love describes her experience of discrimination in Chicago
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Ruth Love talks about systematic problems in urban schools
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Ruth Love talks about ongoing disparity in schools
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Ruth Love talks about her company, RBL Enterprises, LTD.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Ruth Love criticizes charter school vouchers
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Ruth Love discusses education reform in public schools, pt.1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Ruth Love discusses education reform in public schools, pt.2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Ruth Love describes her proudest accomplishment in education
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Ruth Love reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Ruth Love talks about what she hopes to accomplish
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Ruth Love describes her mother's support