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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Civic Leader

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green-Blue
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Savannah, Georgia
Favorite Quote:
Never Give Up.

Birthplace

Born:
12/24/1941
Birth Location:
Fort Devens, Massachusetts

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Civic Leader

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green-Blue
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Savannah, Georgia
Favorite Quote:
Never Give Up.

Birthplace

Born:
12/24/1941
Birth Location:
Fort Devens
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Biography

Civic leader Wenda Weekes Moore was born in Boston, Massachusetts on December 24, 1941 to Sylvia Means Weekes and obstetrician-gynecologist Leroy Randolph Weekes. Moore grew up in Los Angeles, California and graduated from Los Angeles High School. She attended Howard University, the alma mater of both her parents, and earned her B.A. degree in political science in 1963.

In 1973, Moore was appointed by Governor Wendell Anderson to the University of Minnesota Board of Regents and became the first African American chairperson of the board, a position she held from 1975 to 1982. She joined the staff of Governor Wendell Anderson as an assistant in 1976. In 1979, Moore led the University of Minnesota's first educational exchange delegation to the People's Republic of China. She was appointed by President Jimmy Carter to the Board of Advisors at the United States Department of Education in 1980. Moore then joined the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in 1989, where she became chair of the Board of Trustees in 2001. The Patino Moore Legacy Award was established to honor Moore's leadership in the fields of higher education and public service in 2011. She has served as a visiting scholar at the Clinton School's Center on Community Philanthropy.

Moore is on the board of directors of several organizations including the Association of Black Foundation Executives, the Council on Foundations, Greywolf Press, Minneapolis Council on Churches, Ms. Foundation for Women and Women's Funding Network. She has served on the Federal District Judge Selection Commission, the National Committee on Presidential Selection and the Board of Advisors to the General Medical College. She has received the Legacy Award from the Pan African Community Endowment. Moore is married to Cornell Leverette Moore and they have three children, Lynne, Jonathon, and Meredith.

Wenda Weekes Moore was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on 01/15/2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Wenda Weekes Moore's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Wenda Weekes Moore lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Wenda Weekes Moore describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Wenda Weekes Moore describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Wenda Weekes Moore talks about her father's experiences at the Howard University College of Medicine
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Wenda Weekes Moore recalls her family's move to Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Wenda Weekes Moore talks about how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Wenda Weekes Moore lists her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Wenda Weekes Moore describes her father's experiences during World War II
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Wenda Weekes Moore describes her parents' personalities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Wenda Weekes Moore describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Wenda Weekes Moore describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Wenda Weekes Moore describes her father's medical accomplishments
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Wenda Weekes Moore talks about her political influences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Wenda Weekes Moore remembers the 24th Street Elementary School in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Wenda Weekes Moore recalls her influential teachers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Wenda Weekes Moore talks about her father's friendships with black politicians in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Wenda Weekes Moore describes her experiences at Howard University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Wenda Weekes Moore talks about her transition to Howard University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Wenda Weekes Moore remembers Mordecai Johnson and William Montague Cobb
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Wenda Weekes Moore recalls studying with Toni Morrison
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Wenda Weekes Moore talks about Sterling A. Brown and Rayford Logan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Wenda Weekes Moore describes John Hope Franklin's influence on her academic career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Wenda Weekes Moore talks about the student activism at Howard University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Wenda Weekes Moore remembers graduating from Howard University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Wenda Weekes Moore remembers Mordecai Johnson's retirement from Howard University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Wenda Weekes Moore recalls the start of her relationship with her husband
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Wenda Weekes Moore recalls the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Wenda Weekes Moore remembers the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Wenda Weekes Moore talks about the influence of television on the activism of the 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Wenda Weekes Moore recalls marrying her husband
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Wenda Weekes Moore recalls working as a library researcher
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Wenda Weekes Moore remembers moving to Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Wenda Weekes Moore describes the community in Minnesota's Twin Cities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Wenda Weekes Moore talks about the discrimination against African Americans in Minnesota
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Wenda Weekes Moore recalls her campaign for Minneapolis Board of Education
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Wenda Weekes Moore describes her role in Minnesota Governor Wendell Anderson's administration
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Wenda Weekes Moore talks about Hubert Humphrey
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Wenda Weekes Moore remembers the naming of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Wenda Weekes Moore remembers Eugene McCarthy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Wenda Weekes Moore describes Minnesota Governor Wendell Anderson
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Wenda Weekes Moore remembers her appointment to the Minnesota Board of Regents
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Wenda Weekes Moore recalls her start on the Minnesota Board of Regents
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Wenda Weekes Moore recalls the search for a new president of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Wenda Weekes Moore recalls her chairmanship of the Minnesota Board of Regents
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Wenda Weekes Moore recalls developing an exchange program between China and the University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Wenda Weekes Moore talks about the open enrollment policy at the University of Minnesota
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Wenda Weekes Moore recalls her appointment to the U.S. Department of Education
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Wenda Weekes Moore describes her transition to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Wenda Weekes Moore remembers meeting with Russell Mawby
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Wenda Weekes Moore talks about the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in Tuskegee, Alabama
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Wenda Weekes Moore talks about her experiences at Mount Vernon in Virginia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Wenda Weekes Moore recalls her first trip to South Africa
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Wenda Weekes Moore remembers meeting South African President Nelson Mandela
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Wenda Weekes Moore describes her chairmanship of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Wenda Weekes Moore describes the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's focus on health disparities, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Wenda Weekes Moore describes the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's focus on health disparities, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Wenda Weekes Moore recalls the impact of the Fourth World Conference on Women
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Wenda Weekes Moore shares her advice to aspiring foundation executives
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Wenda Weekes Moore describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Wenda Weekes Moore talks about the Girl Scouts of the USA
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Wenda Weekes Moore reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Wenda Weekes Moore reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Wenda Weekes Moore talks about her family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Wenda Weekes Moore recalls the election of President Barack Obama
  • Tape: 6 Story: 12 - Wenda Weekes Moore remembers the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination
  • Tape: 6 Story: 13 - Wenda Weekes Moore describes her hopes for the future
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Wenda Weekes Moore describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Wenda Weekes Moore narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Wenda Weekes Moore narrates her photographs, pt. 2