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Shirley H. Jones

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Marriage and Family Therapist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Barbecue
Favorite Time of Year:
Easter, Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Greece
Favorite Quote:
The best is yet to come.

Birthplace

Born:
11/1/1928
Birth Location:
New Orleans, Louisiana

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Marriage and Family Therapist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Barbecue
Favorite Time of Year:
Easter, Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Greece
Favorite Quote:
The best is yet to come.

Birthplace

Born:
11/1/1928
Birth Location:
New Orleans
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Biography

Shirley Jones was born November 1, 1928, in New Orleans, and her parents divorced within a year of her birth. Jones spent the majority of her early childhood with her grandmother, as her mother taught in rural areas and was home only for the weekends. In addition to teaching, Jones's mother successfully organized rural communities, composed primarily of sharecroppers, to improve schoolhouse conditions.

Because her mother wanted a better school environment for Jones, they moved to the Watts area in Los Angeles when she was fourteen. In 1953, she graduated from Los Angeles State College with a B.A. in education, and went on to graduate study in speech therapy at the University of Southern California.

When the Head Start program began in 1965, Jones was appointed to set up the first ten Head Start centers in Los Angeles. By 1968, increasingly aware of the special needs of their community, Jones and her husband, James L. Jones, a psychiatrist, founded the Kedren Community Mental Health Center in the Watts-Compton area of Los Angeles. This center was named after one of their daughters. Today, Kedren Community Center has grown exponentially. It provides a full range of psychological services, including group and individual therapy for children and adults and programs in community psychology.

Jones has a Doctorate in Psychology, is a licensed marriage and family therapist, and also has a Certification in Psycho-Drama.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Photo - Shirley Jones, 1965
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Photo - Shirley Jones's grandson, James Henry Warner
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Photo - Publicity photo for the documentary film 'The Burden of Truth'
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Photo - Shirley Jones with her daughters, Kedren, Marne, and Shawn, ca. 1970s
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Photo - Shirley Jones's husband, Dr. James L. Jones, 1965
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Photo - Shirley Jones's doctorate diploma from the American Behavioral Studies Institute, Santa Ana, California, 1998
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Photo - Shirley Jones's daughter, Shawn, with her husband Vaughn and her sons, Jordan and Austin, 1999
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Slating of Shirley Jones interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Shirley Jones's favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Shirley Jones remembers meeting her absent Caucasian father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Shirley Jones describes her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Shirley Jones describes her grandmother's life
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Shirley Jones describes her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Shirley Jones describes her relationships wth her mother and grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - Shirley Jones discusses her biracial identity
  • Tape: 1 Story: 16 - Shirley Jones describes her family's socio-economic status
  • Tape: 1 Story: 17 - Shirley Jones discusses her place of birth, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Shirley Jones discusses her father's absence
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Shirley Jones talks about her childhood love of theater
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Shirley Jones describes her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Shirley Jones discusses moving to California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Shirley Jones describes Watts-Compton, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Shirley Jones talks about her high school theater experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Shirley Jones discusses racial prejudice in California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Shirley Jones describes how she met her husband
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Shirley Jones discusses her husband's decision to go to medical school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Shirley Jones remembers one of her plays
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Shirley Jones describes her early marriage and acting career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Shirley Jones discusses the limited acting roles for African Americans in the 1940s and 1950s, part 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Shirley Jones discusses the limited acting roles for African Americans in the 1950s, part 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Shirley Jones discusses founding the Kedren Community Mental Health Center
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Shirley Jones describes finding funding for the Kedren clinic
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Shirley Jones discusses Head Start and the Kedren clinic
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Shirley Jones describes the problem of creating mental health facilities for African Americans
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Shirley Jones describes the Kedren Mental Health Center's mission
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Shirley Jones talks about her work with children at the Kedren Mental Health Center
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Shirley Jones discusses contemporary employment and personal development
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Shirley Jones talks about the mission and beginnings of Head Start
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Shirley Jones talks about finding funding and support for Head Start
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Shirley Jones talks about the Head Start staff
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Shirley Jones describes the psychological benefit of Head Start on child development
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Shirley Jones discusses the needs of the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Shirley Jones talks about her daughters
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Shirley Jones discusses inadequacies in education and child-rearing
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Shirley Jones talks about her husband's death, leaving her in debt
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Shirley Jones describes developing several youth programs soon after her husband's death
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Shirley Jones credits her mother for her success
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Shirley Jones discusses her hopes and fears for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Shirley Jones discusses her legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Shirley Jones talks about her hopes for the African American community