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Shirley Anne Massey

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Civic Leader

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Turquoise
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
Go With The Flow.

Birthplace

Born:
8/14/1942
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Civic Leader

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Turquoise
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
Go With The Flow.

Birthplace

Born:
8/14/1942
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Civic leader Shirley Anne Massey was born on August 14, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois. She was the younger of two children born to parents, Anne Johnson, a laundress, and William Streeter, a janitor. Massey attended St. Anslem Grammar School and Holy Cross Grammar School before graduating from Chicago Loretto Academy, which was an all-girls Roman Catholic high school, in 1960. She then enrolled in Chicago Teachers College where see studied education.

In 1962, Massey was hired to work as an accountant at the Playboy club. Then, from 1964 to 1969, she served as a reservationist for Trans World Airlines (TWA). Since then, Massey has committed much of her life to causes for youth and culture. From 1995, Shirley Massey served as First Lady of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. Committed to the college, Massey worked alongside her husband, Walter Massey, who served as the ninth president of Morehouse from 1995 to 2007 and also as the president of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 2010.

President of the Morehouse Auxiliary, Massey spearheaded the Morehouse College Beautification Committee. She also served on the board of Salzburg Seminar, ARCS Foundation, and the University of Chicago Women’s Board. Her previous affiliations include serving as a board member of the Atlanta Ballet, founding member of the Chicago Foundation for Education, board member of the Great Books Foundation, member of the Women’s Board of the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, member of the Women’s board of the Chicago Symphony and founding member of the Museum of Science and Industry President’s Council.

In 2012, the Executive Conference Center building on the campus of Morehouse was renamed as the Shirley A. Massey Executive Conference Center in her honor.

Massey and her husband have two sons, Keith and Eric, and three grandchildren. They remain active in cultural and civic organizations in Chicago and beyond.

Shirley Anne Massey was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 24, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Shirley Anne Massey's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Shirley Anne Massey lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Shirley Anne Massey describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Shirley Anne Massey describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Shirley Anne Massey describes her upbringing in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Shirley Anne Massey describes how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Shirley Anne Massey describes her mother's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Shirley Anne Massey describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Shirley Anne Massey describes her neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Shirley Anne Massey describes the smells and sounds of her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Shirley Anne Massey describes her elementary education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Shirley Anne Massey describes her childhood personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Shirley Anne Massey remembers her favorite meals
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Shirley Anne Massey remembers the Holy Cross School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Shirley Anne Massey remembers family vacations and holidays
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Shirley Anne Massey describes her experiences at Loretto Academy in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Shirley Anne Massey describes her family's household responsibilities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Shirley Anne Massey recalls marrying her first husband
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Shirley Anne Massey remembers her parents' divorce
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Shirley Anne Massey remembers her accounting position at Playboy Enterprises, Inc.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Shirley Anne Massey remembers working at Trans World Airlines
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Shirley Anne Massey remembers the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Shirley Anne Massey remembers meeting her husband
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Shirley Anne Massey recalls marrying Walter E. Massey
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Shirley Anne Massey remembers moving to Providence, Rhode Island
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Shirley Anne Massey remembers her husband's adoption of her oldest son
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Shirley Anne Massey remembers helping her husband secure a raise
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Shirley Anne Massey recalls her husband's appointment as the college dean at Brown University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Shirley Anne Massey describes her duties as a college dean's wife
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Shirley Anne Massey recall moving into the Powhatan Apartments in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Shirley Anne Massey recalls her introduction to Chicago's elite society, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Shirley Anne Massey recalls her introduction to Chicago's elite society, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Shirley Anne Massey recalls her husband's directorship of the National Science Foundation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Shirley Anne Massey describes her transition to Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Shirley Anne Massey recalls her husband's sabbatical in Paris, France
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Shirley Anne Massey talks about her leisure activities
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Shirley Anne Massey describes her younger son's education
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Shirley Anne Massey remembers moving to Oakland, California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Shirley Anne Massey recalls moving to Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Shirley Anne Massey describes her role at Morehouse College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Shirley Anne Massey remembers fundraising for Morehouse College
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Shirley Anne Massey describes her mission at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Shirley Anne Massey remembers advocating for the young black men of Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Shirley Anne Massey recalls her husband's retirement from Morehouse College
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Shirley Anne Massey recalls her husband's appointment as chairman of the Bank of America Corporation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Shirley Anne Massey recalls serving as the first lady of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Shirley Anne Massey describes her plans for the future
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Shirley Anne Massey reflects upon the changes in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Shirley Anne Massey reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Shirley Anne Massey describes her hopes for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Shirley Anne Massey describes her concerns for Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Shirley Anne Massey shares her advice for young women
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Shirley Anne Massey reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 13 - Shirley Anne Massey describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 14 - Shirley Anne Massey shares her advice for a successful marriage
  • Tape: 5 Story: 15 - Shirley Anne Massey remembers caring for her elderly parents
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Shirley Anne Massey narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Shirley Anne Massey narrates her photographs, pt. 2