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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Elementary School Teacher

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
St. Lucia
Favorite Quote:
Scoot The Boot.

Birthplace

Born:
9/14/1937
Birth Location:
Tallahassee, Florida

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Elementary School Teacher

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
St. Lucia
Favorite Quote:
Scoot The Boot.

Birthplace

Born:
9/14/1937
Birth Location:
Tallahassee
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Biography

Elementary school teacher, Ollie M. Taylor was born on September 14, 1937 Tallahassee, Florida to Major and Mary Thompson. She is the oldest of four children: Albert, Douglas and Major, Jr. Taylor attended Bond Jr. High School and graduated from Florida A & M University High School in Tallahassee, Florida in 1956. In 1957, she married Willie J. Taylor and relocated to Chicago, Illinois. Taylor and her husband had their first, Anthony Taylor, in 1958. Their second child Angela Taylor was born three years later, and their youngest, Valerie Taylor, was born in 1963. In 1970, Taylor attended Kennedy King College in Chicago, Illinois where she completed her A.A. degree in 1972. She then transferred to National Louis University in Evanston, Illinois and earned her B.S. degree in education in 1975, and her M.S. degree in education in 1989.

From 1964 to 1969, Taylor began working in clerical positions for Spiegel Inc. in Chicago, Illinois. Then, in 1970, she began her career as an educator at the Chicago Urban Day School in Chicago, where she implemented the Montessori curriculum. In 1975, she joined the Chicago Board of Education and began teaching Head Start early developmental classes for children at Goldblatt Elementary School Chicago. Beginning in 1982, Taylor accepted a position at Melody Elementary School Chicago, where she taught kindergarten for several years. Taylor transferred to Ray Graham Training Center in Chicago.

Taylor received many awards for her outstanding work with students and parents throughout her teaching career. She retired from teaching after more than three decades of service at the age of sixty-six. Taylor resides with her husband, daughter and two of her four grandchildren in Bryan, Texas.

Ollie Taylor was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on 08/13/2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Ollie Taylor lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Ollie Taylor describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Ollie Taylor remembers lessons from her maternal family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Ollie Taylor talks about her mother's career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Ollie Taylor describes her mother's community in Tallahassee, Florida
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Ollie Taylor describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Ollie Taylor remembers the Bond community near Tallahassee, Florida
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Ollie Taylor talks about her paternal grandfather's career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Ollie Taylor recalls her paternal grandparents' deaths
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Ollie Taylor describes her father's personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Ollie Taylor describes her father's role in the bus boycotts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Ollie Taylor remembers celebrating Emancipation Day
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Ollie Taylor recalls her father's relationship with her paternal grandfather
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Ollie Taylor describes her father's career during World War II
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Ollie Taylor talks about her parents' relationship
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Ollie Taylor describes her likeness to her father
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Ollie Taylor talks about her racial identity
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Ollie Taylor describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Ollie Taylor lists her siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Ollie Taylor describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Ollie Taylor describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Ollie Taylor describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood, pt. 3
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Ollie Taylor recalls the celebrity visitors to Florida Agricultural and Mechanical College for Negroes
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Ollie Taylor remembers Bond Junior High School in Tallahassee, Florida, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Ollie Taylor remembers Bond Junior High School in Tallahassee, Florida, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Ollie Taylor remembers World War II
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Ollie Taylor recalls her social activities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Ollie Taylor recalls facing discrimination from her black teachers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Ollie Taylor describes the treatment of black teachers in the South
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Ollie Taylor remembers her early mentors
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Ollie Taylor talks about her early aspirations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Ollie Taylor recalls an influential teacher at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Ollie Taylor remembers the music of her youth
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Ollie Taylor talks about the options for social activities in the segregated South
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Ollie Taylor talks about her nomination for Ms. FAMU High
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Ollie Taylor recalls playing sports at the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University High School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Ollie Taylor remembers her extracurricular activities
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Ollie Taylor describes her employment as a youth
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Ollie Taylor remembers leaving her hometown of Tallahassee, Florida
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Ollie Taylor remembers meeting her husband
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Ollie Taylor recalls the births of her children
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Ollie Taylor remembers meeting Ora Higgins
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Ollie Taylor talks about the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Ollie Taylor remembers the assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Ollie Taylor recalls the start of the black pride movement
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Ollie Taylor talks about her experiences at Kennedy-King College in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Ollie Taylor recalls her husband's graduation from the Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Ollie Taylor describes the start of her career in education
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Ollie Taylor describes her experiences of discrimination during her early teaching career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Ollie Taylor talks about the politics of the Chicago Public Schools
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Ollie Taylor describes her experiences as a teacher in Chicago Public Schools
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Ollie Taylor talks about her philosophy of teaching
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Ollie Taylor describes the highlights of her teaching career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Ollie Taylor talks about her challenges as a teacher
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Ollie Taylor remembers Chicago Mayor Harold Washington's administration
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Ollie Taylor talks about volunteering at the eta Creative Arts Foundation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Ollie Taylor remembers volunteering at her children's schools
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Ollie Taylor talks about her family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Ollie Taylor reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Ollie Taylor reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Ollie Taylor describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Ollie Taylor narrates her photographs