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Stanley Tolliver, Sr.

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Civil Rights Lawyer
Radio Host

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Chitterlings
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
San Francisco, California
Favorite Quote:
The Struggle Continues.

Birthplace

Born:
10/29/1925
Birth Location:
Cleveland, Ohio

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Civil Rights Lawyer
Radio Host

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Chitterlings
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
San Francisco, California
Favorite Quote:
The Struggle Continues.

Birthplace

Born:
10/29/1925
Birth Location:
Cleveland
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Biography

Attorney, community activist, and media personality, Stanley Eugene Tolliver, Sr., was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on October 29, 1925, the only child of Eugene and Edna Tolliver. Tolliver graduated from East Technical High School in 1944, and earned his bachelor’s degree from Baldwin-Wallace College in 1948. Tolliver completed his legal education at Cleveland Marshall School of Law, earning his LLB degree in 1951, his LLD degree in 1968, and his J.D. degree in 1969.

After completing his LLB degree, Tolliver served in the U. S. Army Counterintelligence Corps from 1951 through 1953, and then passed the bar exam while in the army in 1953. Tolliver was admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1977. Tolliver served as legal counsel for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC); and the Congress of Racial Equality; he was also the only African American attorney involved in the defense of the students charged in the Kent State University anti-Vietnam War protest in the 1970s.

Tolliver joined other Ohioans in leading the call for the desegregation of the Cleveland Public Schools. After the state and local boards of education were found guilty of operating a segregated school system in Cleveland, the presiding jurist in the case, Federal Judge Frank J. Battisti, appointed Tolliver to committees on office and school monitoring, and community relations in 1978. Tolliver was first elected to membership on the Cleveland Board of Education in 1981; his twelve years of service on the board included two terms as board president.

Tolliver was the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Outstanding Alumnus Award from Baldwin-Wallace College in 1978, and the NAACP (Cleveland Chapter) Freedom Award in 2000. An avid runner since high school, Tolliver was inducted into the East Technical High School’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1978. Tolliver was also a life member of the NAACP, and the host of a popular weekly radio show, Conversations with Stanley E. Tolliver, Sr.

Tolliver was married to the late Dorothy Olivia Greenwood Tolliver for fifty years; the couple raised three children: Stephanie, Sherrie, and Stanley, Jr. Tolliver passed away on January 3, 2010.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Stanley Tolliver, Sr.'s interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Stanley Tolliver, Sr. lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Stanley Tolliver, Sr. describes his mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Stanley Tolliver, Sr. describes his mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Stanley Tolliver, Sr. describes his parents' move to Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Stanley Tolliver, Sr. describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Stanley Tolliver, Sr. explains why his family's surname changed
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Stanley Tolliver, Sr. recalls his early interest in African American history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Stanley Tolliver, Sr. describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Stanley Tolliver, Sr. describes his father's personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Stanley Tolliver, Sr. describes his musical interests
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Stanley Tolliver, Sr. describes his drama activities at Baldwin-Wallace College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Stanley Tolliver, Sr. describes his publications and the Scrumpy-Dump Cinema
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Stanley Tolliver, Sr. recalls his teachers at Quincy School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Stanley Tolliver, Sr. recalls his teachers at Rawlings Junior High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Stanley Tolliver, Sr. remembers boxing during his childhood in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Stanley Tolliver, Sr. recalls a performance by Paul Robeson and Mary McLeod Bethune
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Stanley Tolliver, Sr. describes the employment discrimination he faced during college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Stanley Tolliver, Sr. recalls his time at Baldwin-Wallace College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Stanley Tolliver, Sr. describes Harrison Dillard and Jesse Owens
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Stanley Tolliver, Sr. describes his time at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Stanley Tolliver, Sr. recalls his time in the U.S. Army during the Korean War
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Stanley Tolliver, Sr. describes how he met his wife
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Stanley Tolliver, Sr. recalls the people he met at Karamu House
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Stanley Tolliver, Sr. talks about his wife and three children
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Stanley Tolliver, Sr. describes opportunities for African American servicemen
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Stanley Tolliver, Sr. reflects upon discrimination in the U.S. Military
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Stanley Tolliver, Sr. describes his court-martial cases
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Stanley Tolliver, Sr. reflects upon segregation within the U.S. military
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Stanley Tolliver, Sr. talks about representing the Congress of Racial Equality
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Stanley Tolliver, Sr. recalls opening his first law office in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Stanley Tolliver, Sr. describes his early civil rights and police brutality cases, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Stanley Tolliver, Sr. describes his early civil rights and police brutality cases, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Stanley Tolliver, Sr. recalls Fred Ahmed Evans' arrest and trial in 1967
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Stanley Tolliver, Sr. describes the Glenville shootout of 1968
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Stanley Tolliver, Sr. describes the aftermath of the Glenville shootout
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Stanley Tolliver, Sr. remembers Fred Ahmed Evans' conviction and death
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Stanley Tolliver, Sr. describes challenges he faced as a civil rights attorney
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Stanley Tolliver, Sr. describes his affirmative action cases
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Stanley Tolliver, Sr. recalls serving on Cleveland's Board of Education
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Stanley Tolliver, Sr. recalls the desegregation of Cleveland public schools
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Stanley Tolliver, Sr. reflects upon his accomplishments as school board president
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Stanley Tolliver, Sr. describes his campaign for school board president
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Stanley Tolliver, Sr. describes the advantages of busing, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Stanley Tolliver, Sr. describes the advantages of busing, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Stanley Tolliver, Sr. describes some of Cleveland's school superintendents
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Stanley Tolliver, Sr. reflects upon the end of busing in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Stanley Tolliver, Sr. describes his relationship with HistoryMaker George Forbes
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Stanley Tolliver, Sr. reflects upon the state of Cleveland's public schools
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Stanley Tolliver, Sr. describes school funding issues in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Stanley Tolliver, Sr. shares his thoughts about Cleveland's government
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Stanley Tolliver, Sr. reflects upon the legacy of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, 1954
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Stanley Tolliver, Sr. reflects upon job opportunities for African Americans
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Stanley Tolliver, Sr. describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Stanley Tolliver, Sr. describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Stanley Tolliver, Sr. shares his concerns for young African Americans, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Stanley Tolliver, Sr. shares his concerns for young African Americans, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Stanley Tolliver, Sr. explains the importance of African American role models
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Stanley Tolliver, Sr. recalls a trial in Newton, Mississippi
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Stanley Tolliver, Sr. talks about reparations and voting rights
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Stanley Tolliver, Sr. narrates his photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Stanley Tolliver, Sr. narrates his photographs, pt. 2
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Stanley Tolliver, Sr. narrates his photographs, pt. 3
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Stanley Tolliver, Sr. narrates his photographs, pt. 4