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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator
Law Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Cold
Favorite Quote:
No struggle, no progress.

Birthplace

Born:
3/6/1948
Birth Location:
Gladewater, Texas

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator
Law Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Cold
Favorite Quote:
No struggle, no progress.

Birthplace

Born:
3/6/1948
Birth Location:
Gladewater
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Biography

Law professor Vernellia Ruth Randall was born March 6, 1948, in Gladewater, Texas to Mary Pauline Hall Randall and Ernest Randall. Both parents were associated with Jarvis Christian College. Raised by her father in difficult circumstances in Mule Shoe, Texas, Randall attended the colored school there and graduated from Carver High School in Amarillo in 1966. Receiving her A.A. degree from Amarillo College, she entered the University of Texas and earned her B.S. degree from the School of Nursing. Randall obtained her M.S. degree in nursing from the University of Washington in 1978 and in 1987 her J.D. degree from Northwestern School of Law, Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

Starting a career in medicine as a nurse and family nurse practitioner, Randall served as Maternal-Child Health Nurse Coordinator for the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services in Juneau, Alaska, from 1979 to 1984. She has been a professor of nursing and community health at Oregon Health Sciences University and Wright State University as well as a law professor at Northwestern School of Law, Seattle University School of Law, and the University of Dayton. She was an associate with the Portland law firm of Bullivant, Houser, Bailey, Pendergrass and Hoffman from 1987 to 1989. In 1994, Randall was hired as Associate Professor, School of Law, University of Dayton. Since that time she also has been director of the Academic Excellence Program for the University of Dayton, where she plans and implements academic support services for students and trains teaching assistants.

Highly sought after as a public speaker on matters of health and race, Randall has also published widely. She is a recipient of the Chairman’s Award from the Ohio Commission on Minority Health and has been honored by a Commendation from the Ohio House of Representatives. Randall is an accomplished webmaster and has received awards for her website development. Some of her sites include: “Race, Health Care and the Law” and “Gender and the Law”. Her latest book is entitled, Dying While Black.

The mother of two sons, Randall enjoys computers, movies, sewing and dancing.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Vernellia Randall's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Vernellia Randall lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Vernellia Randall describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Vernellia Randall talks about her maternal grandmother's training as a nurse
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Vernellia Randall talks about her maternal grandparents' community in Texas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Vernellia Randall talks about her mother's college education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Vernellia Randall describes her mother's college and her married life
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Vernellia Randall recalls her memories of her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Vernellia Randall recalls her mother's illness and the impact of her death
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Vernellia Randall describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Vernellia Randall talks about her paternal grandfather's decision to educate his children
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Vernellia Randall explains how the spelling of her family name was changed
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Vernellia Randall talks about her paternal grandparents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Vernellia Randall recalls her father's education and career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Vernellia Randall recalls her father's personality and her childhood memories of him
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Vernellia Randall recalls traveling in caravans through Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Vernellia Randall recalls her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Vernellia Randall recalls her memories of growing up in Texas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Vernellia Randall recalls her experience at Muleshoe Colored School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Vernellia Randall reflects upon the integration of schools in Texas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Vernellia Randall recalls being denied her test scores in Muleshoe, Texas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Vernellia Randall describes the sharecropping community in Muleshoe, Texas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Vernellia Randall recalls her father being asked to leave the Muleshoe Colored School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Vernellia Randall recalls her foster mother's illegal businesses
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Vernellia Randall describes the black community in Amarillo, Texas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Vernellia Randall recalls being forced to work at her foster mother's hotel and bar
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Vernellia Randall describes her foster mother's hotel and bar business
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Vernellia Randall talks about her foster mother
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Vernellia Randall describes her foster mother's abuse, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Vernellia Randall describes her foster mother's abuse, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Vernellia Randall recalls the black community's failure to address her foster mother's abuse
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Vernellia Randall talks about her experience in church while growing up
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Vernellia Randall recalls her experiences in high school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Vernellia Randall recalls finding solace in the poem 'Invictus'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Vernellia Randall recalls enrolling at Amarillo Junior College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Vernellia Randall describes her foster mother's manipulation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Vernellia Randall reflects upon her decision to leave Texas
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Vernellia Randall recalls her experience at the University of Texas at Austin
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Vernellia Randall shares her method for multiple choice exams
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Vernellia Randall recalls her activism as a college student
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Vernellia Randall recalls becoming pregnant in college
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Vernellia Randall talks about being on welfare as a new mother
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Vernellia Randall talks about her siblings' lives as adults
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Vernellia Randall recalls supporting herself financially during her pregnancy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Vernellia Randall talks about moving to Portland, Oregon
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Vernellia Randall describes her experience as a nurse in Portland, Oregon
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Vernellia Randall talks about attending the University of Washington
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Vernellia Randall describes her experience at the University of Washington
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Vernellia Randall recalls working as a nurse practitioner at a community health center
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Vernellia Randall remembers the weather in Seattle, Washington
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Vernellia Randall talks about moving to Fairbanks, Alaska
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Vernellia Randall recalls her experience as a public health nurse in Alaska
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Vernellia Randall recalls completing her master's degree and working in Juneau, Alaska
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Vernellia Randall talks about racial discrimination in Alaska
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Slating of Vernellia Randall's interview, session 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Vernellia Randall describes the discrimination she faced in Juneau, Alaska
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Vernellia Randall recalls her decision to leave Alaska, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Vernellia Randall recalls her decision to leave Alaska, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Vernellia Randall recalls raising her children in a majority white area
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Vernellia Randall recalls her decision to attend law school
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Vernellia Randall talks about her foster mother and sister living in Alaska
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Vernellia Randall recalls the challenges her older son faced in Portland, Oregon
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Vernellia Randall describes her experience in law school, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Vernellia Randall describes her experience in law school, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Vernellia Randall recalls being the only African American in her law school class
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Vernellia Randall remembers managing her law studies as a single mother
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Vernellia Randall recalls her success in law school at Lewis and Clark College
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Vernellia Randall recalls her mentors in law school
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Vernellia Randall remembers her difficulty finding a job after law school
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Vernellia Randall recalls her involvement in minority lawyers' organizations
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Vernellia Randall remembers her law firm's discontent with her activism
  • Tape: 8 Story: 10 - Vernellia Randall talks about her learning disability
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Vernellia Randall recalls negotiating paid leave to search for a new job
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Vernellia Randall recalls her decision to teach at the University of Dayton
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Vernellia Randall talks about the majority white community in Oakwood, Ohio
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Vernellia Randall recalls her sons being racially profiled in Dayton, Ohio
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Vernellia Randall describes the racial profiling of black men at the University of Dayton
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Vernellia Randall talks about her son's decision to attend school in Oakwood, Ohio
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Vernellia Randall recalls integrating the University of Dayton School of Law faculty
  • Tape: 9 Story: 8 - Vernellia Randall describes her challenges on the law faculty of the University of Dayton
  • Tape: 9 Story: 9 - Vernellia Randall recalls how her research was received at the University of Dayton School of Law
  • Tape: 9 Story: 10 - Vernellia Randall recalls being physically threatened by an associate dean
  • Tape: 10 Story: 1 - Vernellia Randall talks about the content on her websites
  • Tape: 10 Story: 2 - Vernellia Randall describes her course, Race and Racism in American Law
  • Tape: 10 Story: 3 - Vernellia Randall talks about her courses at the University of Dayton
  • Tape: 10 Story: 4 - Vernellia Randall recalls directing an academic support program for first-year law students
  • Tape: 10 Story: 5 - Vernellia Randall describes her pedagogy for first-year law students
  • Tape: 10 Story: 6 - Vernellia Randall reflects upon the lack of diversity at the University of Dayton School of Law
  • Tape: 10 Story: 7 - Vernellia Randall reflects upon the need for African American law students
  • Tape: 10 Story: 8 - Vernellia Randall critiques the curriculum and sexism at historically black law schools
  • Tape: 11 Story: 1 - Vernellia Randall explains the subject of her book, 'Dying While Black,' pt. 1
  • Tape: 11 Story: 2 - Vernellia Randall explains the subject of her book, 'Dying While Black,' pt. 2
  • Tape: 11 Story: 3 - Vernellia Randall describes the response to her book 'Dying While Black'
  • Tape: 11 Story: 4 - Vernellia Randall reflects upon the issue of race in America
  • Tape: 11 Story: 5 - Vernellia Randall talks about the importance of acknowledging race in America
  • Tape: 11 Story: 6 - Vernellia Randall describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 11 Story: 7 - Vernellia Randall reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 12 Story: 1 - Vernellia Randall reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 12 Story: 2 - Vernellia Randall describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 12 Story: 3 - Vernellia Randall narrates her photographs