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Valarie Justiss Vance

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Social Work Researcher
Psychological Consultant

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Watermelon
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Favorite Quote:
God Willing.

Birthplace

Born:
1/7/1913
Birth Location:
Mt. Pleasant, Texas

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Social Work Researcher
Psychological Consultant

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Watermelon
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Favorite Quote:
God Willing.

Birthplace

Born:
1/7/1913
Birth Location:
Mt. Pleasant
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Biography

Valarie Justiss Vance was born in Mt. Pleasant, Texas in 1913, but at a young age moved with her family to Toledo, Ohio. After graduating from Waite High School in 1931, she moved to Washington, D.C., where she attended Howard University, earning her A.B. in 1935. Returning to Toledo after her graduation, Vance earned an M.A. in 1936 from the University of Toledo. She later attended the University of Chicago, and went on to earn the Ph.D. from the Ohio State University in 1949. For her doctoral dissertation, Vance focused on the unmarried father, and she was the first person in America to write extensively on the subject. She also spent time studying at the University of Vienna in Austria where she studied the German language.

After earning her M.A., Vance relocated to Jackson, Tennessee, where she was hired as a professor of English at Lane College. In 1938, she moved to Chicago to take a position with the Chicago Welfare Administration as the senior social worker. Vance spent the years between 1940 and 1960 working with the Public Schools of the District of Columbia as a research assistant in social work. Also during the 1940s, Vance was a broadcaster on the program Americans All in Washington, D.C. Vance became the director of social work at the Massachusetts Association for the Adult Blind in 1960, where she remained until being hired by the City of Los Angeles in 1963. While working for the City of Los Angeles, Vance wrote the social work provisions that were included in the War on Poverty. During that time, Vance was also served as a mentor at Loma Linda University. In 1970, Vance became an assistant professor at the University of California, and in 1973 she became a psychological consultant for the Head Start program. At that same time, she went to work for the California Department of Mental Health as a psychiatric social worker. Vance left the Department of Mental Health in 1984, and in 1999 she retired from Head Start.

In addition to her extensive working career, Vance spent large amounts of time active with various organizations across the country. For more than thirty years, she was a consultant and grant writer for the Council of Affiliated Negro Organizations (CANO). She also served on the board of directors of Loma Linda University, and remained involved with the school by serving on the advisory committee to the board of directors for social work. She was featured in Who’s Who in American Universities and Colleges, the University of Toledo Alumnus and The World’s Who’s Who of Women.

Vance was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 22, 2004. Vance passed away on June 18, 2015.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Valarie Justiss Vance's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Valarie Justiss Vance lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Valarie Justiss Vance describes her mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Valarie Justiss Vance describes her mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Valarie Justiss Vance describes the differences between her mother's and father's families
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Valarie Justiss Vance describes her father's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Valarie Justiss Vance describes her mother and father's meetings in Texas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Valarie Justiss Vance describes her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Valarie Justiss Vance recalls oppressive race relations in the South
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Valarie Justiss Vance describes her experiences in Lima, Ohio
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Valarie Justiss Vance describes her family's house in Toledo, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Valarie Justiss Vance describes her brother's childhood illness and her maternal grandfather's death
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Valarie Justiss Vance describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in Toledo, Ohio, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Valarie Justiss Vance describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in Toledo, Ohio, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Valarie Justiss Vance recalls her father's impressions of the local Baptist minister
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Valarie Justiss Vance shares memories of growing up in Toledo, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Valarie Justiss Vance describes the importance of education in her family, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Valarie Justiss Vance describes the importance of education in her family, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Valarie Justiss Vance describes her favorite childhood activities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Valarie Justiss Vance describes the importance of education in her family, pt. 3
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Valarie Justiss Vance describes her decision to attend Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Valarie Justiss Vance lists the educational institutions she attended in Toledo, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Valarie Justiss Vance describes Mordecai Wyatt Johnson and the social demographics of Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Valarie Justiss Vance lists notable personalities of Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Valarie Justiss Vance describes her professors at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Valarie Justiss Vance recalls developing her interest in social work, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Valarie Justiss Vance recalls developing her interest in social work, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Valarie Justiss Vance recalls developing her interest in social work, pt. 3
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Valarie Justiss Vance describes Seventh Day Adventism
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Valarie Justiss Vance remembers working for the Toledo Press in Toledo, Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Valarie Justiss Vance describes the work of Edith Abbott, Grace Abbott and Sophonisba Breckinridge, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Valarie Justiss Vance describes the work of Edith Abbott, Grace Abbott and Sophonisba Breckinridge, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Valarie Justiss Vance recalls applying to work in the Washington, D.C. public school system, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Valarie Justiss Vance recalls applying to work in the Washington, D.C. public school system, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Valarie Justiss Vance describes her experiences living in Washington, D.C. in the 1940s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Valarie Justiss Vance describes Washington, D.C.'s African American high society
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Valarie Justiss Vance describes attending The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio in the mid-1940s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Valarie Justiss Vance describes working for the Massachusetts Association of the Adult Blind
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Valarie Justiss Vance recalls her move from Massachusetts to California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Valarie Justiss Vance recalls her familiarity with HistoryMaker Edward Brooke
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Valarie Justiss Vance describes Robert C. Weaver, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Valarie Justiss Vance describes living in southern California
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Valarie Justiss Vance describes social issues in the United States, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Valarie Justiss Vance describes social issues in the United States, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Valarie Justiss Vance reflects upon being a social worker in the United States
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Valarie Justiss Vance reflects upon social issues in the United States
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Valarie Justiss Vance describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Valarie Justiss Vance describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Valarie Justiss Vance reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Valarie Justiss Vance describes 'Americans All,' pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Valarie Justiss Vance describes the beginnings of her and Tomlinson Todd's radio program, 'Americans All,' pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Valarie Justiss Vance describes the beginnings of her and Tomlinson Todd's radio program, 'Americans All,' pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Valarie Justiss Vance describes 'Americans All,' pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Valarie Justiss Vance describes her relationship with Tomlinson Todd
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Valarie Justiss Vance recalls Tomlinson Todd's involvement in District of Columbia v. John R. Thompson Co., Inc., 1953, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Valarie Justiss Vance recalls Tomlinson Todd's involvement in District of Columbia v. John R. Thompson Co., Inc., 1953, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Valarie Justiss Vance narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Valarie Justiss Vance narrates her photographs, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Valarie Justiss Vance narrates her photographs, pt. 3